Arts Recovery News

Arts and culture are essential to community well-being, social connection, our economy, place-making, tourism, education, entertainment, and so much more. On this page we will share news and updates on matters relating to the arts sector support, funding and advocacy, as well as COVID-19 creative recovery news.

City of Darebin Business Recovery Grants

Darebin’s Business Recovery Grants Program has  been launched in response to COVID-19. Up to $50,000 of these grants are designated for individuals or businesses that identify as being part of Darebin’s creative or cultural industries. The Business Recovery Grants have been made available through Darebin Council’s COVID-19 Community and Business Resilience and Recovery Package. 

Stage one of Business support grants was rolled out by the 30 June 2020 with $127,000 worth of grants awarded to the creative and cultural sector in Darebin.
Stage two of the Business Recovery Grants program along with a Cultural Infrastructure Grant Program will be released in the coming months. Arts organisations and creative industries are encouraged to apply for these grants, designed to assist businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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ALMBC | New music industry support body
A new body has formed to support the creative professionals who work behind the scenes supporting the music industry. The newly formed Australian Live Music Business Council aims to support the 65,000 roadies, sound techs, band managers, designers, and other behind the scenes staff who make the live music industry work. Launched on 2 July the ALMBC will advocate on these behind the scenes music industry workers.
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Municipal Association of Victoria | Arts Sector Advocacy
Local government has long recognised the invaluable contribution arts, culture and the creative industries make to local employment, community wellbeing and vitality, tourism and economic development.
Victorian councils are a major stakeholder of arts and culture and are responsible for some 277 public library branches, 39 art galleries, 47 performing arts centres; and numerous sites of Aboriginal heritage, museums, and creative spaces including town halls, community centres, rehearsal rooms, artist studios, and business hubs.
The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has developed a Position Statement for the Arts, Culture and Creative Industries which articulates local governments’ commitment because the arts and our culture are essential.
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Creative recovery for bush-fire regions
Victorian communities affected by the summer bushfires will be given a boost through Creative Recovery grants as part of the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments’ Community Recovery Package.The $700,000 Creative Recovery program will run in the Alpine, East Gippsland, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta shires – fostering a series of projects to help communities to reflect, rebuild and recover.
Regional Arts Victoria will deliver the program, in partnership with Bushfire Recovery Victoria, Regional Development Victoria and Creative Victoria.
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Cherish fund
The Cherish Fund was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and the sector discussions and consultations in which the emergent themes have focused on the priorities and needs analysis through the COVID-19 phases of disruption, recovery, rebuild, reimagine and reignite. Cherish grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to: protect senior custodians and elders as they are the source of cultural knowledge for cultural and artistic expressions through song, dance, story, images and narrative; explore and interrogate artistic and creative methodologies and processes to construct innovative models of creating artistic works; support the professional skill development of arts workers to increase capacity and capability in navigating a digital world.
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Federal Government announce funding boost for regional arts tourism
The Government has announced a $1.76 million funding boost to support cultural and creative tours to regional Australia through the Playing Australia, Contemporary Music Touring Program and Contemporary Touring Initiative. These creative and cultural tours will provide a boost for the arts sector and local economies on the road to recovery. The touring program investment will support tours spanning music, theatre, visual arts and dance.
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Victorian Government Announces $15 million live music support package
Following the impassioned Save our Scene live music campaign that ran throughout June, the Victorian Government has announced a new support package to provide relief to live music venues struggling with the impacts of COVID 19, including forced venue closures and lost audiences. The $15 million program will go towards wages and business expenses for live music venues across the state.
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