Artist Resources

Artist Resources

Please check back daily as we will be updating this page with available resources for the dance sector including funding, government announcements, and comments from our funding bodies such as Create NSW and Australia Council


Need help or assistance? Have an idea you want to talk through? Never written a grant application before?

The Ausdance team are available for Zoom meetings regarding your funding applications. 

We are here to help you through our member's Auspicing program. Auspicing is a service provided to members of Ausdance NSW. It is the management of grant funds for individuals/organisations that are not incorporated associations or that have very limited infrastructure. Auspicing by Ausdance NSW means that your grant funds are managed on your behalf, and reported on to the funding body at the end of (and occasionally during) the funding period.

We will also be assisting members with their COVID-19 support funding applications; writing tips, budget, advice on project deliverables, support letter and marketing support.

For more information head to our website here>>>
Or get in touch with the team at admin@dance.net.au


FUNDING

Australia Council for the Arts - 2020 RESILIENCE FUND

The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice, and operations of Australian artists, groups, and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services, and philanthropy.

Australia Council have developed this program using input and ideas from the arts sector. We gathered this input through various sector roundtables and discussions, feedback and ideas provided to us by artists and organisations we fund and people who have participated in our sector development programs.

There are 3 categories:

Survive: Small grants for individuals, groups, and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity.

Applications open: Friday 3 April 2020.

Applications close: There are no closing dates for this program. 

Amount: Individuals and groups can apply for up to $2,000. Organisations can apply for up to $5,000.

Adapt: Grants for individuals, groups, and organisations to adapt their arts practice and explore new ways of working.

Applications open: Friday 3 April 2020.

Applications close: There are no closing dates for this program. 

Amount: Individuals and groups can apply for up to $10,000. Organisations can apply for up to $20,000.

Create: Grants for individuals, groups, and organisations to continue to create artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption.

Applications open:  Friday 3 April 2020.

Applications close: There are no closing dates for this program. 

Amount: Individuals and groups can apply for up to $10,000. Organisations can apply for up to $20,000.

For more information on how to apply and eligibility criteria head to the Australia Council website here>>>


THE CITY OF SYDNEY

CREATIVE FELLOWSHIP FUND:

These grants will help individuals and collectives develop new projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects can be presented during or after the pandemic has passed.

Who can apply: Artists, creative producers, curators, and other creative workers.

What the funds can be used for: Materials and equipment; Your time – project development; Fees for people working with you; Training and professional development.

How much you can apply for: Up to $20,000

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


CULTURAL SECTOR RESILIENCE GRANTS:

These grants will help sole traders and not-for-profit arts enterprises with less than 20 full-time employees, who’ve lost income due to Covid-19.

Who can apply: Sole traders and not-for-profit organisations working in the cultural sector. For example, performing arts organisations, creative producers, arts festivals, arts support organisations, dance schools, music venues, galleries, collaborative studios, and other cultural spaces.

What the funds can be used for: Staff wages; Wages for freelance or casual workers who have lost work; Administrative costs; Training and professional development.

How much you can apply for

  • Organisations: $20,000
  • Sole traders: $10,000

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS:

To help small businesses keep afloat through and after the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve released $2 million worth of extra funding.

Who can apply: For-profit organisations, including for-profit arts enterprises, located within our area employing between 1 and 19 full-time staff.

What the funds can be used for: Operating model change; Online and e-commerce; Training and professional development; Capital works.

How much you can apply for: $10,000.

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


COMMUNITY SERVICES GRANTS:

To help organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re releasing an extra $1.5 million in community services grants. These grants are to help provide food, digital assistance and social connection to vulnerable people.

Who can apply:  Not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises or an individual or group auspiced by an organisation in our area.

What the funds can be used for: Operating model change; Digital; Supporting community-led mutual aid activities.

How much you can apply for: Between $5,000 and $50,000.

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


QUICK RESPONSE

To help individuals and organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re releasing an extra $500,000 in quick response grants. These are rolling grants – there is no application deadline.

Who can apply: Individuals, sole traders, unincorporated community groups, not-for-profit organisations, and for-profit organisations.

What grants can pay for: Programs to help communities adapt, survive and recover from the pandemic.

How much you can apply for: Between $2,000 and $5,00

For more information on how to apply click here>>>


Create NSW - Small Project Grants (Quick Response) guidelines

Important Notice: Changes to the Small Project Grants Program and COVID-19. Last updated 23 March 2020 at 4 pm AEDT. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications no later than 3 weeks after you submit your application.

Until June 2020, or as relevant updates are provided by the NSW Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19), Create NSW’s Small Project Grants have been redefined to address the current situation of social distancing and the cancellation of non-essential travel. They will:

  • enable professional artists and arts and cultural workers to attend or participate in outstanding time-sensitive opportunities in local, online and other means than in-person contact
  • build the capacity and skills of professional artists and arts and cultural workers, through solo, local and online mentoring, development and residency opportunities
  • support professional artists and arts and cultural workers to develop work in local contexts, and explore the possibilities of presenting work online, through broadcast or through other means than in-person contact
  • respond to the impacts of the 2019 bushfire season and Covid-19 crises, for their local communities, in supportive and creative ways.
  • strengthen the capacity of NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers to become arts and cultural leaders

In addition, organisations and clients currently in receipt of Create NSW funding but experiencing hardship in delivery can now apply for a small grant to support individual artists involved in their program.

For more information on criteria and eligibility head to the Create NSW website here>>>

Read Create NSW full statement on COVID-19 here>>>

Multi-Year funding and Annual Organisation funding clients support, click here>>>


Changes to currently Funded Clients:

Multi-Year funding and Annual Organisation funding clients

Create NSW is here to help you. The Arts Funding team can assist with your individual concerns and provide support to vary your funding agreement. This may include:

  • Removing requirements to meet audience KPIs
  • Varying the purpose and outcomes of funding
  • Extending timelines for projects
  • Allowing grants to be repurposed to pay essential bills such as rent, wages or utilities

In addition, Create NSW are willing to delay reporting requirements such as acquittals.

Sue Procter, Director of Business Operations, Investment & Governance has been using the information you have already provided to us in your applications to do an initial assessment. She is reaching out to organisations with high financial risk but is also available to discuss any concerns that you may have. Please contact her via email in the first instance on sue.procter@create.nsw.gov.au.

For more information, you can contact the Arts Funding Team directly here>>>

All other Create NSW funded clients

The Arts Funding team can assist with your individual concerns and provide support to vary your funding agreement. This may include:

  • Removing requirements to meet audience KPIs
  • Varying the purpose and outcomes of funding
  • Extending timelines for projects
  • Allowing grants to be repurposed to pay essential bills such as rent, wages or utilities

In addition, we are willing to delay reporting requirements such as acquittals.

For more information, you can contact the Arts Funding Team directly here>>>

For more information on Create NSW COVID-19 action plan, head to their website here>>>


OTHER FUNDING

NORTHERN BEACHES COUNCIL: Individual, Community, and industry Projects - funding between $5000-$10,000 Read more here>>>

ARTS AND DISABILITY MENTORING INITIATIVE 2019-21: The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round. Read more here>>>

AMP'S TOMORROW FUND: In its seventh year, in 2020 AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is offering $1 million in grants to individuals of all ages, walks of life and interests – including scientists, social entrepreneurs, educators, artists, athletes, musicians and more – can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Read more here>>>

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES AND ARTS PROGRAM: The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. Read more here>>>


STIMULUS PACKAGE

Please see below more detail around the Jobkeeper Payment from Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business:

  • The JobKeeper Payment will start on 30 March 2020, with the first payment to be received by employers in the first week of May. Employers must pass this payment on to their employees.
  • Eligible employers include businesses structured through companies, partnerships, trusts and sole traders. Not-for-profit entities, including charities, will also be eligible.
  • Self-employed individuals are also eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment.
  • Employers must elect to participate in the scheme. You can do this at https://www.ato.gov.au/general/gen/JobKeeper-payment/
  • To be eligible, an employee must have been on the employer’s books on 1 March 2020.
  • The JobKeeper Payment is open to full-time, part-time and long-term casuals (employed on a regular basis for at least the previous 12 months) and stood down employees. Employees that are re-engaged by a business that was their employer on 1 March 2020 will also be eligible. 
  • Self-employed individuals will be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment where they have suffered or expect to suffer a 30% decline in turnover relative to a comparable prior period (of at least a month).

Employers will be eligible for the JobKeeper Payment where the following criteria is satisfied:

  • For business’s with turnover of less than $1 billion, there has been a reduction of more than 30 per cent in turnover relative to the comparable prior period (of at least a month); or
  • For business’s with turnover of more than $1 billion, there has been a reduction of more than 50 percent in turnover relative to the comparable prior period (of at least a month); and

For more information head to the Treasury website here>>>

Or download these fact sheets:

JobKeeper Payment

Employer Factsheet

Employee Factsheet


STAY CONNECTED

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INSURANCE

AON Insurance, Ausdance insurance partner has set up a page full of resources on COVID-19. Topics include Understanding COVID-19 Coronavirus, Response and Planning Perspectives, Health and Duty of Care, Communications Plans, Planning Ahead - Aon Thought Leadership and Insurance and Alternative Risk Perspectives. For more information and to download the resources head to the AON website here>>>