During the COVID-19 pandemic, the $23 billion Australian Events Industry has been brought to its knees.While the numbers tell a small part of the story, the economic brunt is borne by real people – the artists, entertainers, speakers and support crews that provide insights, atmosphere and excitement to millions of guests and delegates that until March of 2020, attended events.
1. Why We Are Publishing a List
By the beginning of April 2020 it was clear to us that these talented individuals were suffering. So just before Easter we sent an email to inform our talent of funding sources and new grants that have become available since the COVID-19 crisis.
We have made this list available for the benefit of all Australian-based talent, no matter who they’re with.
It is by no means exhaustive, but will hopefully help you navigate new funding sources that you may not have been aware of. And of course, this is not financial advice and should not be interpreted as such.
2. Grants & Funding Opportunities Australia-Wide
JobKeeper for Sole Traders ($1,500 per fortnight)
There has been some confusion around whether you’re eligible for the $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payments if you are a Sole Trader. You are eligible: JobKeeper Payment for Sole Traders
If you’re not eligible for JobKeeper, apply for JobSeeker
American Express Music Backers Program
Whether you’re making it, mixing it, marketing it or just enjoying the tunes and moving to it, there is $1m in grants available to musos and music-related talent.
Use Your Location to Find Grants & Programs
ABC’s Development Fund for Creatives
The ABC has launched a $5m development fund to provide urgent and critical support to Australian producers and creatives in response to COVID-19. We will do all we can to safeguard Australian stories and talent during this challenging time
3. Grants & Funding Opportunities in NSW
City of Sydney
$3.25m released for the arts (grants up to $20,000) media statement
Creative Fellowships Fund (up to $20,000): These grants are for individuals and collectives to develop new projects and initiatives during the restrictions related to Covid-19.
Quick Response Grants (up to $5,000): These grants are for small-scale programs. Funds can be used to present performances, creative work and classes online that support the most vulnerable members of our communities.
4. Grants & Funding Opportunities in VIC
$16.8 Million Victorian Government Funding Package
Immediate support to Victorian creative organisations and individuals to sustain employment, develop new works and provide opportunities for creative community participation.
Small Business Support Fund (VIC Government)
City of Melbourne
COVID-19 Business Grants: $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000
5. Look After Yourself
I encourage you to invest a little time to find the best possible financial outcome for you. If you know of additional sources, please comment below and I will include it in the list.
- Our personal journey during COVID-19’s impact on the Events Industry
- Petition to save the Australian Events Industry
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