Small organisations and artists win in first ArtsPay grant round

A total of $55,000 has been distributed to small arts organisations and independent artists through the ArtsPay Foundation.

Just 18 months ago, ArtsPay was launched with the vision to create a new sustainable stream of funding for the arts through providing in-store and online businesses with an alternative payment processing system. It means that instead of going to big banks and large corporates, profits from transaction fees are being redirected to the arts sector at no additional cost to businesses and customers.

In April, the ArtsPay Foundation made the first small grant call-out to Australia’s arts sector, directed at supporting independent artists and small arts organisations. In its inaugural round, it distributed $55,000 in funding to nine recipients, who had never applied for or received public funding before.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. She took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs and was the project manager of ArtsHub’s diverse writers initiative, Amplify Collective. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram @lleizy_