Securing arts money in uncertain times

As the sector seeks support for its post-pandemic future, how are sponsors and donors feeling about their capacity to give?

Late in 2020, Creative Partnerships Australia and Arts Centre Melbourne surveyed arts organisations and their business partners to gauge their moods since COVID hit.

The findings, published in their Beyond Sponsorship report, were sobering: 70% of those arts organisations reported decreases in financial support from their partners as businesses grappled with COVID uncertainties.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).