Covid impacts on the Regional Arts Sector

 

The Creative Alliance (CAA) stands in solidarity with the thousands of creatives, arts workers, managers, venues, production staff and contractors working in the Regional Arts sector who have been impacted by the most recent lockdowns and restrictions caused by Covid19.

At a time where public safety is rightly at the forefront of decision making regarding public gatherings, the wave of ensuing regional cancellations and venue restrictions continue to have a devastating impact on the industry. 

 

Support for all industry levels is urgently needed.

CAA acknowledge’s today’s announcement of increased funds to the federal arts sector by Minister for Arts, Hon Paul Fletcher, including to the federal charity organisation Support Act. 

However we note that the majority of these funds will continue to be directed to major arts companies, most of those based in capital cities and already able to access significant assistance via programs such as Job Keeper. 

 

CAA supports calls for immediate, urgent support from governments at all levels- local, state and federal to address the increasingly devastating and largely unequal impacts on the regional arts sector; which is heavily dominated by sole traders and micro businesses unable to access the majority of support currently offered.

Our hearts go out to all of those involved in the recent major event cancellations in our region and across Queensland: Gympie Muster, Horizon Festival, Bleach Festival, The Brisbane Ekka, The Planting Festival Abbey Medieval Festival and BigSound. We understand that this is yours and your household’s livelihoods as well as a vibrant service to our communities. 

 

For those impacted in the industry right now, here are some services that may provide some relief:

Sole Traders and small business:

Covid-Relief payments for non-Centrelink clients

Support Act

$2000 – $2700 or emergency bill payment relief

Small Businesses:

Queensland Government Business Support Grants

$5000 grants for businesses with an annual turnover of over $75k and at least one employee

Live Venues:

Arts Queensland Live Music Support Program

Emotional well-being support:

If you are struggling emotionally from the ongoing impacts of these lockdowns, Support Act is available to provide assistance to those in the creative industries and their immediate family. Contact their 24 hour free helpline 1800 959 500  at anytime for confidential support. Select option #3 for a dedicated line for First Nations artists, musicians, crew and music workers.