Opportunities – Covid-19 Edition 3

We’ve been creating a list of opportunities ever since the beginning of Covid-19 in March. Below is a dynamic list which we’ve updated by adding and removing links to supply you with the most relevant information about jobs, grants, commissions, mental health and financial services.

Have a quick skim; you might stumble on something useful for yourself, for friends or maybe even your colleagues.

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.

If there are any other really great resources or links you have spotted that we should know about, email Win at

Stay safe and be kind to each other.


This is Win – Acting Marketing Manager currently working from home in Ashfield.

Spotlight on HWY Program

La Boite Theatre Company’s brand-new HWY Program provides a pipeline for artists to develop new work and ideas. This might interest some interstate collaboration opportunities outlined below.

The new HWY offering will provide six paid opportunities, including a 12-month commission for a local playwright or group of writers, a 6-month opportunity for interstate collaborators to develop a new work or an existing idea, and four 3-month development opportunities for artists or companies to seed new work for any one of La Boite’s spaces.

Applications will be open from now until Monday, 13 July 2020, with the application requirements and process differing per opportunity.

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

Brisbane Artists/Childcare Connection | Same idea for Queenslanders

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

InBetween | Casual and emergency work for artists between gigs

Jobs for Artists | Group for jobs postings

PYT Fairfield| is seeking an experienced producer to lead major projects

Rising Melbourne | List of new job opportunities available at Rising Festival

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


Are you a business? Check out this comprehensive (though not specifically arts-related) guide from KPMG.

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Arts Queensland | Arts Business Innovation Fund
Supports innovation to strengthen income generating and entrepreneurial capacity in Queensland-based not-for-profit arts and cultural businesses. Part funding, part loan, part matched. Rolling fund.

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Arts Tasmania | Arts grants
This program supports individuals and groups to undertake projects that enable them to further their careers, enrich their artistic practice and contribute to Tasmania’s arts sector. Projects, professional development and more.

Full 2020 grants list

City of Sydney | Quick Response Grants
Up to $2000 for small projects with a quick turnaround. No closing date.

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City of Moonee Valley | COVID-19 Recovery Grants
This grants program is designed to support the adaption, continuation and recovery of local community groups and local businesses. Rolling fund.

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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.

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Country Arts WA | RAF Quick Response
For regional WA artists and orgs to cover any reasonable expenses, such as artists’ fees, conference registrations, materials, and/or travel and accommodation costs. Applications are due at least 10 business days prior to the project start date.

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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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Regional Arts NSW | There are many arts and cultural opportunities available for people living in regional NSW. Quick Response Grants and Regional Arts Funds are available to regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities.

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Experimental Micro-Fellowships

During this strange and difficult time, we are committed to keeping experimental work thriving, supporting artists to embark on new creative developments and undertake new research that will strengthen the future of their practice.

The Experimental Micro-Fellowships are a series of small $5000 grants awarded to 8 Australian and Asia Pacific artists to undertake research, new experiments, or creative developments in the current environment of remote work and social distancing.

Entries can be received from now, up until July 15 and successful applicants will be notified on July 29.

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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 an arts talkshow held over Zoom. It’s great. Screens at Midday a few times a week.

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City of Melbourne | EOI Yirramboi Festival
Expressions of Interest from First Nation creatives to create, develop or adapt new works during the isolation period. Each project will receive up to $1000 in financial support and will have the option to be uploaded to social media pages and/or be further developed into a showing/showcase piece for Yirramboi Festival, 6 – 16 May 2021.

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Creative Brimbank | Room To Move Residency
Dancemakers can get free space and $500 to create a new work at the Bowery Theatre. Applications are rolling to Sat 1 August.

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Contemporary Art Tasmania | Curatorial Mentorship Program
Up to $3k for an emerging curator to gain skills and knowledge to contribute to the curation of an exhibition. Applications close Mon 3 August.

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Gasworks Arts Park | Outdoor Performance Commission
Offering a $10,000 outdoor performance commission for the development of a new piece of site-specific work to take place in Gasworks Arts Park. This is a three-month development project to take place from September to November 2020. Submissions close Sunday 26th July.

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Tuggeranong Arts Centre | Interpose
Calling performers, storytellers, artists, workshop facilitators and all other entertainers! Tuggeranong Arts Centre is helping the Tuggeranong and Woden valleys ‘spring back’ from COVID-19 with a plethora of pop-up performances, activities, workshops, temporary installations and other exciting activities across the region. Expressions of Interest open until mid-July.

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Crisis Support

You can access urgent, one-off payments if you are in financial trouble.

1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash | Theatre Network Australia – support for artists not covered under other schemes

Artist Relief Fund WA – artists and arts workers facing hardship

NAVA Artist Benevolent Fund – visual and interdisciplinary artist support

NSW Actors Benevolent Fund – urgent payments to support performers

QLD Actors Benevolent Fund

Support Act Financial Support – Musicians and music industry workers support

Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust

Students – Check with your university and student union to see what assistance they offer.

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

Critical Stages | Stage and Stream. A weekly gig guide of everything theatre happening online.

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

Top 10 lessons on virtual collaboration based on experiences in facilitating and participating in the virtual world.

Mental Health

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


Support & Resources

Australian Tax Office: offering small business relief

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

Centrelink: have waived many of the Newstart waiting periods.

Covid-19 Safety Plan: Develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan for your venue to help you create and maintain a safe environment for you, your workers and your visitors.

Freelance Jungle: support and resources for freelance workers

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.

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.


Professional development for online streaming

Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Distance Learning Tips

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

Resources for Moving Production Courses Online in Case of an Emergency

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”

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