Opportunities – Covid-19 Edition

While we’re all bunkered down at home, we have been busy compiling a list of grants, jobs, online workshops, resources, support links and everything else we could find that could be of use during this genuinely terrifying and strange time.

There are also links to mental health and financial services that we would encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with for themselves, loved ones and colleagues.

We encourage everyone to keep up to date on the health warnings. Please check the Australian Government’s Department of Health warnings regularly, avoid public spaces and gatherings, wash your hands and keep an eye out for each other.

This is a dynamic list and we’ll keep adding links to it. If there are any other really great resources or links you have spotted we should know about, email Thom at

Take care of yourselves and each other.


Pony Express’ Ian Sinclair, currently self-isolating in Marrickville


Australia Council for the Arts | Resilience Fund
Split into three streams – Survive, Adapt and Create – these grants of up to $10,000 for individuals/groups and $20k for organisations have a rolling application timeline and are open now.

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City of Sydney | Covid-19 Response Grants
This fund in two streams provides up to $20k for individuals and orgs for developments and other projects in and around the City of Sydney. Applications close Mon 27 April.

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City of Melbourne | Quick Response Artist Grants
Assistance of $4000 in 2020 is available now through our quick response arts grants. Support is for online content or development of new or unpresented work. It’s easy to apply and applications are assessed each week with notification shortly thereafter. Applications for quick response arts grants will remain open until the total funding pool has been exhausted.

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Copyright Agency | COVID-19 Emergency Funding
Support for writers and visual artists to create new work. Two main closing dates: 1pm Tues 14 April & 1pm Tues 23 April.

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Darebin City Council | FUSE Fund
There is $50,000 in this fund and a limited number of grants will be awarded in the following categories: Up to $1000; Up to $5000; Up to $20,000. Applications close Tues 14 April.

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City of Literature | Script and written project pitches
Victorian-based writers can pitch for a commissions of a minimum of 30 new creative works of any genre and form. All works pitched must be new and unpublished. We will pay $300 for each selected piece. Pitches are open to mid April.

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Creative Victoria | First People’s Investment Program (Pilot)
Provides opportunities for First Peoples individuals, groups and organisations through funding in 3 different streams: Connect to Country, Develop Your Skills and Create Something New. Applications close Wed 15 April.

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Manly Art Gallery & Museum | Northern Beaches Council Arts and Creativity Grants
Grants up to $10,000 are available support individuals and organisations to investigate new ideas/designs, establish new ventures, or develop collaborative innovation projects. Applications close Mon 30 April


Copyright Agency | Cultural Fund
Support for significant organisations and individual Australian writers, journalists, editors, English and literacy teachers and visual artists. We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults. Applications for individual artists close Mon 14 September, Org applications due Mon 11 May & Mon 28 September.

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Commissions & Callouts

Arts Front | Little Lunch Online
Callouts are running for artists to perform and artists/orgs to host. This great online initiative is a daily arts talkshow held over Zoom. It’s amazing. Screens at Midday daily.

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Department of Local Government, Sports & Cultural Industries | Playwright Partnership Grant Program
Playwrights are asked to submit proposals in partnership with a producing partner for up to $30,000 to commission a new work. The producer must demonstrate commitment and capacity to develop and present the work, and match the funding on a dollar for dollar basis (includes in-kind support). Applications close Thurs 2 April.

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ArtPlay | New Ideas Lab
Provides the opportunity for artists to propose new projects to undertake at ArtPlay as part of our ongoing creative program for children and families. Applications close Fri 3 April.

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National Young Writers’ Festival | 2020 Artist Callout
Looking for ideas for workshops, panels, readings, roundtables and performances, or maybe even topics to throw on the table for discussion. Offering an artist fee of $60 per event, $200 for workshops, and the choice between accommodation at the Newcastle YHA or a $30/night accommodation subsidy. Applications close Fri 8 May.

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HOTA | Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus)
Up to $1000 to develop an imperfect and unformed idea, or an idea that you have had formulating for some time.  It is both creative development and presentation at speed.  It is the chance to experiment with new forms, think outside the box, do things differently.  Think of it as an incubator, developed and delivered from your home.  Project duration is up to one week. WE LOVE THIS! EOIs close Friday 15 May.

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Malcolm Robertson Foundation: Commissions for emerging writers
The Foundation supports play commissions for emerging writers with no more than 3 plays already produced by professional companies. Applications must be for a full-length play, and submitted by a professional theatre company. Trustees meet twice yearly to consider applications. Contact Kerry Schwabl on or 03 9207 8600.


Casula Powerhouse | Blake Prize
Applications have been extended for this acquisitive prize for works exploring religion and spirituality. Applications close Sun 31 May.

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Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Applications open in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.

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Spotlight on Creative Connections

The Australia Council for the Arts has launched its free online professional development program – Creative Connections.

Got an hour or two free at the moment? Sign-up for the live chats, or watch them back later at your leisure.

The full program is live now, and cover areas including leadership, First Nations protocols online, taking your work digital, audience engagement, climate responses and more.

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Agri Arts | Connecting Artists with Farmers offering Work

InBetween | Casual and emergency work for artists between gigs

Jobs for Artists | Group for jobs postings

Art Tasker  – like Airtasker but for Artists has been developed in response to COVID19

Doctors without babysitters (meet Arts Workers without work) | Melbourne Facebook group with a self-explanatory name

Brisbane Artists/Childcare Connection | Same idea for Queenslanders

The Freelance Collective: list of freelance creative workers available to work

Jobs with Orgs

Please note: these listings were available at time of posting

Brisbane Festival | First Nations Creative Producer. Applications close Mon 30 March. More info>>

Griffin Theatre Company | Associate Producer – Marketing. Applications close Mon 30 March. More info>>

TAFE SA | Lecturer, Technical Design – Lighting. Applications close Mon 30 March. More info>>

Brisbane Festival | First Nations Curator. Applications close Mon 30 March. More info>>

Museum of Contemporary Art | Registrar. Applications close Mon 30 March. More info>>

Excelsia College | Theatre Manager. Applications close Mon 30 March. More info>>

Museum & Art Gallery Northern Territory (Magnt) | Assistant Registrar. Applications close Thurs 2 April. More info>>

Midsumma | Production Manager. Applications close Fri 3 April. More info>>

The Events Centre Caloundra | General Manager. Applications close Mon 6 April. More info>>

Bundanon Trust | Marketing and Communications Manager. Applications close Tues 14 April. More info>>

M+ West Kowloon | Head, International Relations. Applications close Wed 15 April. More info>>

Barkly Regional Arts | Chief Executive Officer. Applications close Fri 17 April. More info>>

Bundanon Trust | Head of Curation and Learning. Applications close Mon 20 April. More info>>

Taste of Tasmania | Festival Director. Applications close Thurs 30 April. More info>>

Creativity Australia | General Manager. Applications close Thurs 30 April. More info>>

Hobart City Council | Senior Cultural Heritage Officer. Applications close Thurs 30 April. More info>>

UNSW | Associate Lecturer. Applications close Fri 8 May. More info>>

Spotlight on Adhocracy

One of our favourite responses to the crisis so far is Vitalstatistix’ remodelled Adhocracy program.

Scheduled annually in early September, the uncertainty around whether this can physically proceed this year has resulted in the organisation taking a flexible approach.

Programmed artists will receive the commissioning funds regardless of whether the physical event can go ahead, and they’ll work with the Vitals team to explore other avenues for development and showings.

Applications close Mon 25 May.

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Mental Health

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 000

SUPPORT ACT | Support Act Wellbeing Helpline – 1800 959 500
Support Act provide support which may include professional phone counselling, financial help, advice and practical assistance.


Lifeline Australia | 13 11 14
Lifeline Australia provides a free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone counselling service for adults needing emotional support. Lifeline Australia also has a range of information and resources available from their website, about providing care in times of crisis.

Beyondblue | 1300 22 4636 (toll free)
beyondblue is a national organisation that has a range of information and resources associated with depression and anxiety. The Support Service runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.

Kids Help Line | 1800 55 1800
A number of children and youth may also need emotional. Kids Help Line is a free and confidential, telephone counselling service for 5 to 25 year old in Australia.

Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute provides a 24 hour free mobile phone/computer-based program to assist those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress.

Headspace Meditation App
The free to download Headspace meditation app provides a complimentary Basics pack to guide you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.

Entertainment Assist
Free series of mental health and wellbeing webinars for Entertainment Industry practitioners.

Online Shows, Workshops & Classes

Betty Grumble’s Grumble Boogie: Daily disco dance class from your favourite local person of interest. Tune in on Instagram Live at 10am every day! @bettygrumble

Liesel Zink’s Contemporary Dance for Loungerooms: weekly online contemporary dance classes designed for you to do in your loungeroom

Perth Festival | Online Arts Experiences You Need To See

Elektrolab | Creative Tech Workshops: register to get classes in a range of creative tech and apps.

Media Mentors | Micro-skills workshops in media presenting. Courses are FREE and start 25 March. Email

CutCommon | Resume writing tips

Support & Resources

Centrelink: have waived many of the Newstart waiting periods.

Australian Tax Office: offering small business relief

Support Act | Covid-19 Emergency Appeal
An appeal to raise $20 million so they can provide some level of crisis relief to artists who are facing financial hardship.

Australian Arts amidst COVID-19 | A huge artist-led Facebook group with regular and passionate discussion about the current unfolding situation.

Crisis-Relief Banking Support
Many banks offer crisis relief support and may be able to assist in this time of need. Reach out to your bank for information on support available.

Check out this great article on Medium with heaps of financial resources to assist artists during this time.

MEAA Support Google Doc: Very comprehensive list of resources and contacts for artists, covering lobbying and advocacy, financial assistance, jobs and more.

Freelance Jungle: support and resources for freelance workers

Business Connect: NSW Government initiative to provide mentoring for creative industries


Professional development for online streaming

Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Distance Learning Tips

Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online: Professional development Facebook group

Remote Teaching Resources

Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

“Ways of Gathering In the Age of COVID-19”

“Please do a bad job of putting your course online”

Resources for Moving Production Courses Online in Case of an Emergency


Please note: we do not know what will happen with gatherings and travel in the coming months. These were all still valid at the time of publication.


ImPulsTanz | ATLAS Choreographic Training Programme
A module-based training programme embedded in the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival, this training programme offers artists a dynamic environment to intensively work on their artistic and choreographic development over a month. Applications close Tues 31 March.

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Offer time, space, mentorship and financial investment for three solo artists and one collective to develop new works in 2020, placing a strong emphasis on artistic process with each residency having a development showing which will be open to the public and industry. Applications close Fri 3 April.

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A curatorial opportunity for two emerging curators to collaboratively realise a live art event, working as a pair on one of four PACT House events planned across 2020. Each PACT House will start with a curated market-style activation in the courtyard, migrating across the day into a ticketed event inside the theatre, foyer and throughout the PACT venue. Applications close Fri 3 April.

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ACCOMPLICE | Precipice Arts Lab
Interdisciplinary artists working across artforms, ideas, methodologies and identities are invited to apply for a stipend to participate, held 11 – 14 August, followed by APAM 15 – 18 Aug. Applications close Thurs 16 April.

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Department of Local Government, Sports & Cultural Industries | Create X
Offers up to $20,000 to artists, creative industry professionals and arts organisations to undertake collaborations and cultural exchange opportunities with Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia. Applicants must also organise a reciprocal residency in Western Australia. Applications close Thurs 16 April.

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