Coronavirus – COVID-19
In a response to covid19 we are working with our fellow national organisations and colleagues as well as the department and Federal Ministers to facilitate a coordinated impact assessment and industry response.
We are working fast working with our Members and Regional Art Fund Network to collect immediate responses and are facilitating this information to the Federal Government as we map ongoing and increasing impacts.
We are partnering with PAC Australia to distribute a survey they have compiled specifically for Performing Arts Centres in Australia.
We are aware that NAVA is also disseminating a survey and further encourage our readers to submit information to the #Ilostmygig database.
We encourage as many artists, organisations, venues, galleries, small halls, touring outfits, events to complete relevant surveys or registrations. It is vital to collect as much data as possible so that we have the most comprehensive information to put to the Minister on the impact of covid19 across the arts, culture and entertainment industry.
The situation is changing rapidly, the Australia Council are providing up to date information:
Here are a few practical resources:
· Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
· Prime Minister’s website: www.pm.gov.au/media
· World Health Organisation: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
· The Office for the Arts: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update
There is also an arts focused wellbeing help line is also available via Support Act
If you are struggling and need immediate help call:
Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14 or text the helpline on 0477 13 11 14
Beyond Blue has a comprehensive list of national help lines and websites
In relation to the Regional Arts Fund
The Office for the Arts is mindful of the potential impact COVID-19 could have on the health and livelihoods of RAF grant recipients. There may also be an impact on grantees’ ability to deliver funded activities to the community.
The Office of the Arts has provided the following general advice.
In relation to the current round, please continue to assess applications as submitted.
In relation to projects already funded under RAF, the Office for the Arts would encourage as much flexibility as possible. Extensions of up to 12 months will be acceptable under the circumstances. Should the project need to be cancelled, it would be acceptable for the grantee to acquit the funding they have spent (including artist and participant fees for time already spent on the project) and return any unspent funding. This would be the last resort if a revised project scope/timeframe could not be agreed.
For specific grant advice please contact the RPA in your state or territory:
NSW: Regional Arts NSW
Qld: Flying Arts Alliance
SA: Country Arts SA
WA: Regional Arts WA
We will continue to prepare appropriately, following the best advice available, and to look after each other as best we can across our personal and professional communities.
We are all in this together.