Creative programs, funding, opportunities, professional development & support in the time of COVID


Creative Arts Alliance, like many in the arts sector, are looking to how we can support our creative colleagues, continue to engage with our communities and reconsider our delivery approaches to keep progressing our creative projects.

Artists have always been at the forefront of change, the dreamers, the thinkers, the boundary pushers and so it is no surprise that even in these challenging times the arts sector is already looking for ways to respond and new ways practicing, learning, working and presenting.

Below are a number of initiatives, ideas, opportunities that we’ve come across so far (we are updating daily).
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  • The Social Distancing Festival – Online festival / presentation of performance works
  • Couch Choir – if you loved Pub Choir you can now join from your lounge room
  • Virtual Tours – keep out these 12 Museums from around the world that offer virtual tours
  • Backbone Youth Arts – has launched the Live and Solo at the Bolwo events
  • Common People Dance Party –  join these online dance classes from your lounge room
  • Shut Down Series – The Tivoli Brisbane will be curating a series of live-streamed gigs that you’ll be able to watch from the comfort of your self-isolation.
  • Meeanjin Markets are going digital – Meeanjin Markets are a curated artisan market showcasing authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, crafts and experiences
  • Surry Hills Live – bands, emerging artists, DJs and musicians of all kinds will be part of these streaming events
  • Melbourne Digital Concert Hall – a digital concert hall run by Melbourne musicians, to support our fragile industry during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • As the planet goes into lockdown, and magicians all over the world are left with no work.  The Laneway Theatre delivers magic to you every night with LANEWAY LIVE as Tim Ellis chats with the world’s most famous magicians.
  • You can download free colouring books from 113 Museums
  • Operation Storytime – your favorite authors offering storytime online
  • Conductor and music educator Ingrid Martin’s YouTube channel Conducting Artistry is catering to the thousands of music students and teachers in isolation. She’s posting free #rehearsalhomealone content.
  •  The annual IronFest Gothic Festival was due to be held in Lithgow in April, now it’s moved online
  • Yarra Valley Writers Festival MAY 9 2020 – Live Streamed from various homes and offices of panelists, authors and performers.
  • The Metropolitan Opera Will Stream Operas for Free in Wake of Coronavirus
  • 10 Free Art books to read while you are social distancing
  • Chatter Pack is a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
  • Pattern Makers has pulled together a great list of Digital Art experiences you can do from your home 
  • Contemporary Dance lessons from your lounge room – weekly online workshops – learn and dance together but apart
  • Stage and Stream Every Friday the Critical Stages Touring team will be posting links to performances you can stream from your home
  • Computer Choir  It looks like we might be staying at home for a while, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop singing together! We just need to change the way we do it. The team behind Cheep Trill community choir have come up with an online, interactive choir experience called COMPUTER CHOIR – ‘meet’ weekly’ for online rehearsals. Starting 1 Apr
  • Ready to stay creative from the couch? Here is your guide to enjoying art at home!
  • Blakdance shared this Movement & Meditation workshop run by Katina Olsen
  • Woodford Folk Festival is hosting a series of live stream concerts – you can check them out on their Facebook Page 


  • The Australian Government has announced measures to support businesses and sole traders impacted by COVID19
  • Queensland Government (Department Small Business) – is offering a range of financial grants / loans to support small businesses (this would include creative businesses – but not sole traders at this stage
  • Adopt an Artist – you can register on the Adopt an Artist platform which is seeking to raise funds for members of our creative sector that are struggling financially through this crisis.
  • Gold Coast Artists Home Of The Arts  – Artist Fund “Rage Against the V(irus)” offering quick response digital project funding of up to $1000
  • Actors Benevolent Fund  – offer help to actors and their families who find themselves in dire circumstances. This is not only offered in the area of financial assistance, but also in a range of consultative services.
  • Arts Queensland assistance for the arts sector during COVID19 crisis including increased Individuals Funding and QASP funding opportunities – new guidelines and applications will go live on 27 March.
  • The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19. Applications and further info be announced in April.
  • Support for Sole Traders has been announced by Australian Government
  • Queensland Government Rent Relief – offering up to 4 weeks rent


  • Music Industry Fundraiser being run by Support Act
  • Adopt an Artist aims to connect artists in need to donors
  • Queer Space buy a ticket initiative is raising funds for queer performers, DJs, artists, designers and event workers who have lost their work due to cancellations resulting from COVID19
  • Patreon helps artist build direct relationships with your most engaged fans. You offer them benefits like exclusive content, community, or insight into your creative process in exchange for a monthly subscription.
  • Aus music industry announces Sound Of Silence support campaign
  • Netflix has launched a $100M relief fund to help members of the creative community who have been left unemployed. The streaming giant said the bulk of the funds will go toward supporting laid-off crew members.




  • Creative Arts Alliance is calling out to creatives skilled in content creation and online facilitation from our SEQN region
  • Art Tasker  – like Airtasker but for Artists has been developed in response to COVID19
  • Backbone Youth Arts – is currently looking for creatives to produce online content for children and young people
  • The Social Distancing Festival will celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  You can add your work into the program.
  • AUSSIE KIDS COUCH CONCERT – Calling all children’s performers! This is a chance to be involved in a profit share ‘live’ show all you need to do is film yourself performing 1-2 of your songs in your house for more info check out the post in the Arts Tasker page
  • Anywhere Theatre Festival is calling for Expressions of Interest in presenting online (or “distanced”)
  • Artists and Creatives from SEQN (Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset, Redlands) CAA wants to help boost your profile and feature your work on our Instagram page (@creativeartsalliance). Starting this week we will be showcasing one artist per day on our curated feed. This is open to all art forms. If you’re a dancer show us you dancing, if you’re a musician you can send us images from your latest gig. We are hoping to use our platforms to showcase the amazing artists from within our region. More info is HERE
  • As part of the Little Lunch Online project, Arts Front is calling for Expressions of Interest from Australian artists interested in delivering a 3-5 minute online performance / presentation as part of the daily online lunchtime series. Artists will be offered a fee of $250 for their performance + $100 for 12 month copyright payment for Arts Front to use the work online.
  • The Pandemic Collective is a facebook page aimed at helping support our newly out of work communities from arts, travel, hospitality and beyond! This page shares the small business endeavours of those who have found themselves without work due to the COVID19 shutdowns. See pinned post for how to be featured.
  • Critical Stages is calling for online performances to be featured as part of their Stage and Stream series. Whether its a concert from a couch fort, or a thrilling monologue from under a neighbours hills hoist, we want to know about it. There’s no restriction on genre, it can be paid, free or by tips, live or on-demand, with a preference for work in Australia or New Zealand. Send your show details, including performance times and links, along with a hero image, to .
  • Artmatik – Ticketed Livestream opportunities for artists. Our vision is to empower local artists to share their art with the world and to give them financial opportunities whilst maintaining ownership of their work.


  • Flying Arts – offers a range of professional development webinars for creatives
  • Creative Recovery Network  – has a range of resources and examples of creative work within in times of disaster and recovery
  • PCC Productions Audio Visual Hire have put together a great practical guide to live streaming which covers considerations to think about and advice on different equipment setups
  • The Emerging Writers Festival has developed a list of Tips on going Digital
  • Boost your creative writing skills with the help of this training that costs less than $30
  • Online writing class being offered by Catherine Deveny writer, comedian, author of nine books, and speaker well known for her work as a columnist with The Age newspaper, as a Melbourne International Comedy Festival favourite and as an ABC regular.
  • 10 University Art Classes that you can take online for free
  • Coursera has Music and arts courses that develop skills in the practice and critique of visual art, music, and creative writing.
  • Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) is offering free online Theory of Music Courses
  • There are more than 20 university courses you can complete online for free
  • Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.
  • Live Streaming 101 and how to perform online – this PDF resource has been created by performer Laura Escudé and includes everything from which platform to choose, how to monetise, tools, software and hardware you will need.
  • Coffee with the Creative Community! The Queensland Music Festival team and professionals throughout the creative industry will be offering 30-minute conversation slots to share learnings and experience and help you develop your professional skillsets and networks. Perhaps you’re eager to learn more about a specific field, such as program curation, technical production, strategy or fundraising? Or maybe you have questions about paving your way in the music/performing arts industry? To learn more and express your interest head to:
  • Top Tips for Independent Artist – produced by leading independent CACD practitioner Lenine Bourke
  • Australia Council for the Arts is hosting weekly First Nations Roundtables for arts and creative independents, and organisations, to discuss the current situation that affects us all in relation to COVID-19.
  • Creative Connections webinar series – Learn. Adapt. Respond.Series begins: 1 April 2020
    Creative Connections is an online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors and will offer practical, accessible and useful content delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.


  • Theatre Network Australia – has compiled a list of their members plans responding to COVID19
  • Blue Shield Australia supports the disaster planning and awareness amongst archives, libraries, museums, galleries, heritage places, historical societies, local history groups and other cultural heritage organisations.
  • Institute of Community Directors has developed a Epidemic/ Pandemic policy document which can be downloaded for free for use by community organisation.
  • Cris Mode: How NFPs can respond to COVID19 1st April – free, online webinar to gain access to insights and best practices to help your digital marketing, fundraising and communications in this time of uncertainty.


  • Australian Arts amidst COVID19 – Facebook group – discussion between artists / arts orgs about issues, approaches and ideas
  • QReads – Queer Playreading Group every Monday QReads will email a new play for you to read. You don’t have to be queer-identifying to be a part of the group, but there is focus ‘queer’ work. Once a week there will be a live-stream a discussion about the play including a chat with directors / writers / actors.
  • Writers Go Forth. Launch. Promote. Party – Facebook group for Oz writers with books out in 2020 and the readers who love them.
  • Actors Self Test Club actors are invited to join the group, share recordings of themselves doing monologues – other members will provide feedback / advice – the idea is for everyone to interact with each other.
  • I Heart Songwriting Club is a global community providing a platform for songwriters around the world to enhance creative practice through an online songwriting Club, opportunities to perform new work, to develop skills, collaborate and support each other
  • Little Lunch Online (LLOL) is a chance for creatives from across Australia to check in and connect with each other while we grab a quick bite of lunch, or a morning coffee . It’s a quick 30 minute window to share ideas and resources, and plan our actions in responding to the pandemic, the climate crisis and whatever global emergency awaits us next.
  • Artisan at Home This is a place for the craft and design community to share what you are working on in your homes and studios. This is a safe place to connect about your practice, ask for advice with creative problems and celebrate what you are making.
  • First Nations Roundtables hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts, are for First Nations arts and creative independents, and organisations, to discuss the current situation that affects us all in relation to COVID-19
  • Plug In Young Musicians is a group for young musicians (under 25 years of age) residing in the SEQN region (Gympie, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay, Somerset and Redlands)
  • Pandemic Play Perusal is a new work development collective – for playwrights/ dramaturg/ directors/ actors/ other brilliant minds to read through presented drafts and discuss
  • Australia Council for the Arts are holding weekly national First Nations roundtables 


  • Crew Care – support for all live production professionals
  • Support Act Helpline – free phone counselling support for musicians and performing artists or industry workers
  • The Arts Wellbeing Collective – promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts
  • Entertainment Assist  – Mental health and wellbeing in the Australian entertainment industry
  • Redcross has developed practical, helpful tips to help you and others look after your mental wellbeing during COVID19
  • Lifeline has produced this resource  on Mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
    If you, or someone you care for is feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to Lifeline on the details below:
    Call 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) / Text 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)
    Chat online here (7pm – midnight AEDT, 7 nights)