The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing unprecedented and wide-reaching challenges for Victoria’s creative and cultural sector. We have gathered the following information in response to pressing questions received.
Update: Victoria's Last Step in the Roadmap for reopening
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the further easing of restrictions in Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 22 November. See our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for a summary of what this means for the creative industries.
For the latest information on current restrictions and the steps towards COVID Normal Victoria, visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.
Our Q&As relating to restrictions will be updated as soon as possible.
If you have a question that isn’t covered here, please contact us.
Public health measures
A State of Emergency is in place in Victoria until 6 December 2020 to allow the Chief Health Officer’s directions to remain in force.
Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap to reopening, outlines the steps to COVID Normal and includes information on the safe and steady easing of restrictions across how we live, learn and work.
Visit the Roadmap Restrictions page for details of the roadmap, current restrictions and industry-specific information, including for creative studios, indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, museums and galleries, and media and film productions.
Funding and Support
Creative Victoria is working closely with the Minister for Creative Industries on a range of support measures to help the sector through the challenges posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes rolling out the Victorian Government’s dedicated creative industries support.
To date, the Victorian Government has announced a total of $107.2 million to help the state’s creative sector through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in addition to broader programs and support.
This dedicated funding will help maintain creative jobs and activity, help individuals, organisations and businesses to regenerate income, develop new work and provide new opportunities for creative community participation during the current shutdown and beyond. It includes:
- $48 million to ensure our State-owned creative and cultural institutions survive the impacts of the pandemic and protect their workers.
- $17.2 million for COVIDSafe performances, events and programs across Victoria to reactivate the creative and events sectors and employ thousands of Victorians.
- $13 million to support almost 100 non-government arts and cultural organisations state-wide.
- $4.7 million in quick response grants for independent creatives and micro-businesses across the state through the new Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.
- $19 million for the music industry, including support for live music venues ($15 million), music workers and businesses, and for key events and online initiatives.
- $2 million to commission new works by local artists through the RISING Festival.
- $1.6 million in grants through Creative Victoria’s programs focusing on activities that can be undertaken in the current climate, such as the research and development of new creative works, professional development activities and new ways of reaching audiences.
- $1.1 million to support the urgent needs of key creative organisations and facilities, benefiting many hundreds of individual artists and small businesses.
- $700,000 to commission original creative content for the Victoria Together online platform.
Given the extraordinary circumstances, Creative Victoria is also being as flexible as possible with reporting requirements for previously funded activity and with changes to projects, programs and timelines.
Visit Financial Support for information on support available through Creative Victoria, other government programs, and creative industries grants and opportunities.
We have compiled a summary of available programs on the Financial Support page of the COVID-19 section of our website.
We recommend that you contact Business Victoria (13 22 15 or business.vic.gov.au) for current advice and assistance.
For more information and to apply visit Business Victoria.
Creative Victoria is open to assist you, with staff working remotely. Creative Victoria has a Business Continuity Plan in place to ensure that we can continue to support and communicate with the sector through this situation, deliver programs, and make payments.
Creative Victoria’s funding programs have continued with some modifications where possible in the circumstances, especially in relation to support for international travel and public gatherings. We note that some projects may need to change given the current public health measures. We will accept changes to deliverables, KPIs and delivery platforms. Please contact program staff to discuss your project.
We have also introduced new programs to support the sector through the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), including:
- Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program (now closed)
- Sustaining Creative Workers (now closed)
- Organisations Strategic Investment Fund (now closed)
- Victorian Live Music Venues program (now closed)
We will continue to publish information on future funding rounds and new opportunities on our website and via our digital channels, please keep in touch by subscribing to our eNews and following us on social media.
See our Grants and Support page for information on our suite of grants programs.
Organisations funded through the Organisations Investment, Regional Partnerships and Major Performing Arts programs will continue to receive their funding, regardless of any changes and disruptions to their activities. This funding is secure through to June 2021, December 2021 or June 2022 depending on the agreements. The funding agreements for organisations that receive operational funding as special initiatives will also be honoured.
Note: we will accept changes to deliverables, KPIs and delivery platforms. Please speak with your Client Manager about your needs.
Given these extraordinary circumstances we will be as flexible as possible with reporting and acquittals, please contact program staff to discuss your needs.
For organisations that receive funding through the Organisations Investment Program, outcomes reporting for 2020 has been suspended.
The world has changed dramatically, and rapidly, since we undertook consultation last year for Victoria’s next creative industries strategy. Right now, we are focused on assessing the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensuring that Victorian creative institutions, organisations, events and individuals are supported.
The Creative State strategy is being reconsidered in light of the impacts of the current crisis.