What is the Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative?
The Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative is a program that will support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative delivers quick-response funding to professional independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.
It will support creatives, across all creative disciplines, to continue to work in their creative field, adapt to change, research and develop projects, develop their product or skills, and/or connect with new audiences or markets.
The Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative will be delivered state-wide and in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria.
Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative aims to:
- Deliver quick-response funding to Victorian professional independent creatives negatively impacted by coronavirus
- Provide stabilisation and improve sustainability of independent creative practice, so that adaptation to the newly emerged environmental context is possible
- Achieve a state-wide reach
Applications will be accepted for requests:
- Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers
- Up to $10,000 for collectives, micro-organisations and businesses*
- Up to $2,500 in additional access funding for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers and disability-led organisations/businesses
* Micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff.
The Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative will support activities including (but are not limited to):
- Planning and adaptation to the newly emerged environmental context
- Research and development
- Products and/or skills development
- Exploration of new ways to engage audiences for existing or new work
- Development/exploration of markets for your creative work
Sustaining Creative Workers accepts applications from Victorian-based independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers and creative micro organisations/businesses, with at least five years of professional experience (with the exception of Stream 3), that have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.
Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines including, but not limited to, visual arts/craft, literature, contemporary dance/physical performance, community creative practice, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theatre, fashion, design, screen and digital games, multidisciplinary and experimental work.
Sustaining Creative Workers has four streams:
- Stream 1: First Peoples creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
- Stream 2: Metro and Outer Metro Melbourne creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.
- Stream 3: Deaf and Disabled creatives/artists and arts workers or disability-led micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria.
- Stream 4: Regional Victorian creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses (with the exception of the groups above) with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes. Note – applications for this stream must be submitted through Regional Arts Victoria.
For Stream 4, applicant’s postcode must reflect their residence or location of the organisation/business in one of the 48 local government area classified as ‘regional’ by the Victorian State Government. You can find a list of these local government areas here. Please contact Regional Arts Victoria if you are uncertain.
Applications close 1 June 2020 or until the funding pool is exhausted.