9 October 2021

Victorian creative workers and organisations will have access to new financial support to help them through the challenges of the pandemic and enable them to plan for future reopening.

Arena Theatre

Arena Theatre Company. Image James Henry


The $15 million package announced today will support some of the hardest hit parts of the state’s creative sector.

Individual creative workers and micro-businesses can apply for funding to develop new work, undertake professional development and reach new audiences through a new $5 million round of the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

One-off grants of $5,000 will be available for creative practitioners, including sole traders and freelancers, and grants of up to $10,000 are available for collectives, micro-organisations and businesses. This round of the program will be delivered in partnership with creative industry bodies.

Last year, the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative delivered 771 grants totalling $4.7 million to enable creatives to continue to work during the extended lockdown. Recipients ranged from contemporary musicians and performing artists, to filmmakers and fashion designers.

Up to $10 million will target heavily impacted Victorian creative organisations of state significance including those identified through Creative Victoria’s current Creative Enterprises Program and Creative Ventures Program rounds, and organisations within the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework.

This will include key festivals, performing arts companies and others, ensuring they can continue to operate and employ workers and plan a pathway to recovery as restrictions ease and commercial operating conditions resume.

This funding recognises the critical role that these organisations play in the state’s creative ecosystem; providing jobs, facilitating work, and serving as creative spaces and work places.

The Government also announced the latest grant recipients through three Creative Victoria programs. Funding totalling $3.1 million is supporting hundreds of artists, creative workers and organisations to continue generating new work, developing their skills and building their businesses in COVIDSafe ways.

Further detail on the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative and how to apply will be available here soon.