$1000 grants now open to artists and arts workers

A group of arts and culture philanthropists have united to create 1,400 quick turnaround grants to artists in need.
$1000 grants now open to artists and arts workers 1,400 grants have been created for artists and arts workers in the new program. Image Shutterstock.

Staff writer

Thursday 7 May, 2020

Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network has moved quickly to create their National Assistance Program for the Arts, collectively donating $1.4 million worth of support for individual artists and arts workers left behind by government funding. But with applications closing on Sunday 10 May, artists will need to get in quick.

The program will distribute 1,400 one-off grants of $1,000 on the basis of need, experience, and talent with the alumni of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship program to assessing applications. To ensure a quick turnaround, applications will be based on online material including an arts practice website, LinkedIn page or other web-based evidence of an artistic career. Applications will be open to all disciplines with successful artists notified the week beginning 11 May.

‘The program is for artists and arts workers who can’t access JobKeeper or their employers can’t access JobKeeper. So it’s for that portion of the sector who is really feeling the pinch,’ said Neal Harvey, Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network.
‘It’s remarkable that you can get a group of philanthropists around the country to coordinate efforts in this way, but the fact that they’re able to do so is testament to their commitment and their desire to help artists at this time.'

Neal Harvey, Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network

The Network is coordinating the distribution of philanthropic funds with the assistance of Creative Partnerships Australia Australian Cultural Fund into the Australian arts sector, via a one-off National Assistance Program for the Arts.

Applications for the National Assistance Program for the Arts open on 7 May and close 10 May. The Sidney Myer Foundation website has more information on how to apply and eligibility including FAQs and other sources of funding.

Participating Philanthropists and Philanthropic Entities: 

Andrew Myer AM & Kerry Gardner AM
Ann & Warwick Johnson
Berwyn Roberts & Jennifer Mackenzie
Carrillo Gantner AC and Ziyin Gantner
Creative Partnerships Australia
Darin Cooper Foundation
Day Family Foundation
Doc Ross Foundation
Inner North Community Foundation
James and Diana Ramsay Foundation
Kathryn Fagg AO
Kim Williams AM
Lindisfarne Foundation
Minderoo Foundation
Nunn Dimos Foundation
Robert Bishop
Sarah Myer and Baillieu Myer AC
Sidney Myer Fund
Simon Mordant AM and Catriona Mordant AM
Spinifex Trust
Stephen Shelmerdine AM and Kate Shelmerdine
Tim Fairfax AC
The Skrzynski Family Sky Foundation
Yulgilbar Foundation

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