Covid-19 Assistance for Arts and Entertainment Workers

Wednesday 8 September

Packages, grants and funds for arts workers and suppliers across Australia.

With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt the employment and income of arts workers across Australia, we’ve put together a short list of places you can turn to if you need help, or to recover lost income or fund a future project. Be sure to check the rules carefully and compare the payments to find the best option for your situation.

Please note, this list is a guide only for the arts sector support available.


A number of Federal and State government payments are available for Australian residents who have lost work and income from Covid-19 related lock downs and restrictions; as well as payments for people required to self-isolate or quarantine. Payments and eligibility vary for each.

Covid-19 Disaster Payment: A Federal government lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a Covid-19 state public health order.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment: The Victorian State Governement’s Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation Payment: Support payments for workers waiting for waiting for Covid-19 test results.


Support for arts and entertainment industry workers is available from a range of government sources, not-for-profit organisations and cultural institutions too. Some provide financial support, others are there to support the mental health of workers during a difficult time. In addition, there are grant opportunities open for the development of new work.



Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund: Funding for major organisations, and individuals, to stage cultural activities, projects and events that would otherwise be unable to proceed because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Live Performance Support Program Round Two Suppliers: Victorian-based suppliers of goods and services involved with live performance events, including musicians and performers, are eligible for up to $500 per event affected by cancellation or postponement because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Presenters: Victorian-based live performance event presenters are eligible for up to $7000 per event affected by cancellation or postponement because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Quick Response Arts Grants Round Two: City of Melbourne is providing grants of $4000 to artists and small –to-medium arts organisations for new work or to deliver a project to the public.

Non-Governmental Organisations and Grants

Support Act: Support Act offers crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective: A place to find resources and services to support the positive mental health of performing arts workers. Run by Arts Centre Melbourne.

Performing Lines: Hyper Local: Performing Lines is offering Victoria-based artists $26,500 grants to create and develop new performance works. In addition, grants receive production, tech support and venue hire.

This list is just a selection we thought could be helpful and is far from exhaustive. If you have a suggestion for a support program or grant opportunity to add to the list, please send it through to

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