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


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 weekly).
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  • 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
  • Triple j Unearthed’s Level Up Grants – triple j are offering fifteen different financial grants to help you level up your music career – Applications close 7 June 2020
  • ABC Australia has launched a $5 million fresh start fund to provide urgent support for Australian creatives during the COVID-19 crisis- Closes 15 June 2020
  • The Richell Prize for emerging writers  -Open to unpublished writers of fiction or non-fiction, the winner will receive $10,000 and a year’s mentorship with one of Hachette Australia Books publisher – Applications close 15 June 2020
  • 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.
  • 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 through revised QASP funding opportunities
  • The Australia Council Resilience Fund  funding up to $20,000 to support artists and arts organisations to survive, adapt and create during COVID – applications close 28 May.
  • Support Act Crisis Relief for music workers who are facing financial hardship, prioritising those who are unable to access Government benefits due to eligibility or other issues. You can apply for support HERE
  • Small businesses using Telstra for your phone / internet they are offering support measures in response to COVID
  • Copyright Agency announces funding support for writers, visual artists and publishers in the face of the severe challenges they face as a result of COVID-19. There are six key categories / areas of funding: Virtual writers’ festivals, Emergency action fund, New commissioned literary works, Funding for innovative online projects, New commissioned visual arts work and Funding for visual arts events.
  • Over the coming months, the ACTF will hold a script development funding round each month to support producers and writers of quality children’s projects during the current COVID-19 lockdown. Go to the Funding section of the ACTF website for information and guidelines as well as the new funding application deadlines and application form.
  • Crisis Cash for Artists – $1000 x 1000 performing artists from Theatre Network Australia. Apply here.
  • The ABC has announced a $5 million fund to assist creatives.
  • triple j Unearthed have a new grants program called Level Up for Australian musicians.


  • Music Industry Fundraiser being run by Support Act
  • Aus music industry announces Sound Of Silence support campaign
  • Support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artists & community affected by the COVID-19 crisis
  • 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.




  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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
  • NATIONAL Call for Blak Artists – Moogahl Live. Paid opportunity for a series of Facebook takeovers by performing artists. These could be anything from solo concerts, dance workshops, comedy sets, acting masterclasses, spoken word performances, and more.Performances can be rough, ready, and interactive, as audiences join the artist in their own homes. If you are a deadly artist with a talent to share Apply Here
  • Present with Anywhere Theatre Festival during COVID-19. Apply here.
  • The ACMF National Songwriting competition is now open. Learn more about it here.
  • Nextwave Youth Film Competition is open to young people from regional Australia and is free to enter 
  • Sunshine Coast Artists call out to be part of Horizon Festival as part of their Home Grown local artist commissions
  • The Bunker Spoken Word has moved its program online – through out June and July they will be running heats with the blockbuster final in August. Packed with international guests, free for both audiences and competitors and $500 first prize on the line, full details will be announced June 1, 2020.


  • 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.
  • The Queensland Music Festival team are offering 30-minute conversation slots to share learnings and experience and help you develop your professional skillsets and networks. To learn more go to:
  • 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.
  • Ausdance Queensland has produced a resource to assist dance teachers with online delivery of classes and tutorials
  • QMusic’s series of online workshops called QMUSIC CONNECT supporting and upskilling Queensland’s music industry
  • Queensland Writers Centre has produced a range of Live Stream workshops and Masterclasses
  • Online resources for teachers to assist with planning and delivering online content
  • How to leverage your content for virtual events, download the free eBook.
  • The Australia Institute are offering weekly webinars on a range of topics. You can register for their next webinar here.
  • Webinar materials: Leading your NFP in times of crisis: a strategic toolkit from Spark Strategy / Probono Australia
  • Webinar materials: Community engagement in the time of social distancing from Ellis Jones / Probono Australia
  • Top 10 tips for running online events from Accessible Arts.
  • Australian Film Television and Radio School Online Courses supports all levels of development, from introductory skills for beginners right through to advanced development for industry practitioners wanting to sharpen their skills or take on new ones


  • 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.
  • How NFPs can respond to COVID19 –  gain access to insights and best practices to help your digital marketing, fundraising and communications in this time of uncertainty.
  • LaunchVic has curated a collection of Business Resources For Startups to assist startups in the current climate
  • Flexible, Remote and Online Working – Team management and pastoral care protocols
  • Museums & Galleries Queensland has prepared a Resource Guide to assist galleries and museums with developing their COVID19 Safety Plan


  • 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
  • Ausdance Queensland is offering FREE membership until September 2020 to keep the dance sector connected and informed during this time
  • Creative Responders: In Conversation. It’s more important than ever for us to stay connected while we are spatially isolated. Each month Creative Recovery Network Australia will feature an in-depth conversation with one guest – we’ll hear from artists, emergency management experts, creative leaders and members of impacted communities about their personal experience as creative responders and the challenges facing our communities. Join Creative Recovery Network via Apple PodcastsSpotify or your favourite podcast app, or stream directly from their website.
  • BlakDance presents Wi-rii-pi Dargo – a series of online gatherings for First Nations arts and cultural communities in Meanjin. Held weekly on Wednesday afternoons. Please email for more information.
  • The Circus Arts Hub – supports a globally connected circus community. The Circus Hub connects circus students and emerging artists with leading professional creators, trainers and other Circus Arts professionals through Brokerage and private consultations, Video masterclasses, Panel Discussions and Sector Resources.


  • 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)
  • Feeling lonely in lockdown? These ideas put together by therapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel
  • Strong Spirit, Safe Mob: Keep your spirit strong for you, your family and your community Ideas for keeping your worries at bay and staying connected
  • Stress release Tap Technique – learn to tap away your stress and fear