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Funding programs and partners

To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Arts Queensland has implemented a number of measures and new funding opportunities to support the arts sector.  The Queensland Government’s $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Stage Two underpins this. The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package  is a down payment on Creative Together: A 10-year Roadmap for arts, culture and creativity in Queensland  that aims to help revitalise creative industries, support infrastructure and jobs, and power Queensland’s plan for economic recovery, and will support the Roadmap’s first two-year action plan, Sustain 2020-2022.

We encourage you to explore your funding options as outlined below.

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Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)

Round 2 now open

Supporting vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives across three categories: Arts Accelerate, Arts Activate and Arts Advantage. 

View QASP case studies or download recipient outcomes from 2015 to 3 July 2020 (XLSX) (2.02 MB) . From 14 July, QASP is delivered in rounds - download Round 1 outcomes (XLSX) (652.17 KB) .  Find out more about QASP


Arts and Cultural Recovery Package

The Queensland Government announced (16 June 2020) a new $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package for Queensland’s arts and cultural sector.

The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package includes a range of measures to strengthen the sector’s foundations for the future, drive new creative work, employ artists and arts workers, retain our skilled and talented creatives, and importantly, ensure the activation of our venues.

Recovery Funding - Sustain

This package of four funding programs works to help stabilise arts organisations and major festivals, support future sustainability, employment opportunities, encourage innovation and agility, and enable the continued delivery of COVID-safe arts experiences to Queensland audiences.

Funding will specifically support Independent arts organisations, Organisations Fund 2017-2020 recipients, key festivals and Major Performing Arts Organisations.

Live Music Venue Support

Supporting Queensland-based live music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

It will assist music venues to reopen with grants of up to $15,000 for small venues (up to 499 pax) and up to $25,000 for large venues (over 500 pax).

Closing when funding allocation is exhausted.

Expression of Interest - New arts tenancies at Judith Wright Arts Centre (closed)

Arts Queensland is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from small to medium arts organisations to occupy TWO new tenancy spaces at Judith Wright Arts Centre (JWAC), 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. 

Creative to Go - funding outcomes

Enabling regional communities to reengage with live, local and high quality arts experiences that COVID -19 restrictions made unviable for artists and venues to deliver.

Open Air - funding outcomes

Open Air will support the activation of outdoor and non-traditional settings and the production and delivery of a program of works by artists and arts organisations in these spaces with funding up to $80,000.

First Night Showcase Judith Wright Arts Centre - funding outcomes

Supporting independent artists, early career artists and arts organisations based in Queensland to develop and present new works at the Judith Wright Arts Centre, Fortitude Valley

Strategic Infrastructure Fund - funding outcomes

The Strategic Infrastructure Fund is a limited-life matched funding program to support not for profit arts and cultural organisations with shovel-ready facility upgrades and infrastructure projects that have broad benefits 

Youth And Arts Pathways - funding outcomes

Youth And Arts Pathways helps to attract and retain young people within the arts and cultural sector, and focuses on activities which support ongoing employment and career development.

Digital Adaptation - funding outcomes

Digital Adaptation supports the creation and delivery of digital programming for the arts and cultural sector in a post-COVID-19 recovery phase and beyond.


Spaces and Places - funding outcomes

Arts and cultural activation and programming that enlivens spaces and promotes cultural vitality, attracts new visitors and generates opportunities for regional Queensland.

First Nations Commissioning Fund - funding outcomes

The First Nations Commissioning Fund is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practitioners, organisations, collectives or communities to commission and deliver uniquely Queensland Indigenous stories, arts and cultural experiences, products and celebrations.

Indigenous Art Centre Launch Fund - funding outcomes

The Indigenous Art Centre Launch Fund is a new two-year funding program available to Queensland based established Indigenous Art Centres that are already engaged in supporting First Nations artists and arts workers in professional visual arts practice.

First Night Showcase Bulmba-ja - funding outcomes

Supporting independent artists and organisations based in Queensland to develop and present new works at Bulmba-ja arts centre (Cairns).

Play Local - funding outcomes

Supporting live music and performing arts venues to program Queensland artists, and support the employment of artists, organisations and arts workers.

Play Local is designed to support Queensland’s performance venues to program Queensland artists and arts organisations while social distancing restrictions are in place and during the subsequent recovery phase. This includes live music venues and performing arts venues. 

stART grant program - outcomes

The stART Grant Program was established by Arts Queensland to support Queensland independent creative practitioners including artists, artist collaborators, producers, designers, technicians, freelance and other arts workers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Eligible creative practitioners applied for $3000 to support ideation, preparation, planning and collaboration activities focussed on future creative opportunities during COVID recovery phase.

Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

An Australian Government initiative to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities through Community Project Grants and Quick Response Grants. Flying Arts Alliance Inc administers the Queensland Regional Arts Fund.

​Find out more about the Regional Arts Fund.

Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF)

Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure Indigenous communities in regional and remote areas of Queensland have access to arts and cultural services.  

View IRADF case studies or download previous IRADF recipients list (XLSX) (31.35 KB)  in Excel format. 

Find out more about IRADF.

Organisations Fund 2021 - 2024

Arts Queensland is suspending applications for the Organisations Fund 2021-2024 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more about this announcement here.

View Organisations Fund case studies or download Organisations Fund recipients list in Excel format.


Ministry for the Arts

The Australian Government's arts and culture policy body.  Find out more about the Ministry for the Arts.

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.  Find out more about the Australia Council for the Arts.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)

A statutory body of the Queensland Government and the state's marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency.  

Find out more about the TEQ.

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

Supporting rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory to address the particular challenges they face due to their geographic location.  

Check out the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

Individuals Fund

Supporting individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

NOTE: Boosted funding, expanded criteria

View Individuals Fund case studies or download previous Individuals Fund recipients (83.04 KB) list in Excel format. Find out more about Individuals Fund.

Playing Queensland Fund (PQF)

Supporting performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and demand. Includes activities targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland.


View PQF case studies or download current and previous PQF recipients list in Excel format. Read the fact sheets for schools, sector and for artist in residence projects. Find out more about PQF.

Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA)

Building a stronger, more sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industry in Queensland. 

View BIA case studies or download BIA – Performing Arts recipients list (Excel).

Find out more about BIA programs and funding recipients.

Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF)

The Arts Business Innovation Fund is closed and will be redesigned to support the Queensland arts sector following the impact of COVID-19.

View ABIF case studies or download current ABIF recipients list in Excel format.

Find out more about ABIF

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Partnering with local government to invest in the local development of quality arts and arts practice for and with regional communities. View RADF case studies.

Find out more about RADF.

Artists in Residence Fund (AIR)

Artists in Residence funding supports regional Queensland schools and kindergartens to partner with artists and arts organisations to deliver innovative projects.  Funding for artists in residence projects is now available through the new Arts and Education stream of the Playing Queensland Fund which is open year round.

The standalone Artists in Residence Fund (AIR) has now closed.

View AIR case studies and historic fund guidelines and other documents, or download the AIR 2016-19 recipients list in Excel format.