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Creative to Go

The Creative to Go program will provide Queensland-based artists and arts organisations with support to deliver live performances and engagement activities in regional Queensland.  Activities supported include:

  • Artist in residence projects which engage the public with a performing arts venue, museum or gallery. Projects may have performance, exhibition or new visual arts work as part of their outcomes
  • Performances 
  • Extension of confirmed touring activity (not funded through this application), which may include additional locations or community engagement activities including with schools
  • Adaptation of confirmed touring activity to address COVID-safe requirements or restrictions. 

Creative to Go is part of the Queensland Government's Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.



  • Enable regional communities to access high quality arts activities that COVID-19 restrictions may have made unviable for artists and venues to deliver
  • Support artists to respond flexibly and quickly to emerging venue and community demand
  • Reduce income risk to touring companies/artists, and thereby to venues, by covering artist fees and costs of delivering to regional communities
  • Encourage Queenslanders to re-engage with live arts experiences, and reconnect with their local performing and visual arts venues.


Funding available

Up to $20,000 that can be used to offset artist and arts worker fees, travel and accommodation costs, travel allowances, transport costs including freight or vehicle hire, equipment hire, tour coordination, workshop materials.


Eligibility criteria

Creative to Go applicants must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • support activities commencing between 3 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See Creative to Go guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.


How to apply

Applications open:  6 July 2020 

Applications close: when funding allocation is exhausted

  1. Read the Creative to Go support documents: guidelines (DOCX) (328.45 KB) , frequently asked questions (DOCX) (323.53 KB)  
  2. Apply online or via a USB device posted to AQ office


Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland's preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email


Facebook Live

Join us for the Creative to Go and First Night Showcase live info session.

Date: Wednesday 8 July 2020

Time: 1.30 - 2.00pm

Link: Arts Queensland Facebook Page