Ramsay announces virus funding for artists

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THE ACT government has announced a $500,000 package for artists and creatives who have lost their income because of the coronavirus.

Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay made the announcement this afternoon (March 24), saying funding of up to $10,000 per artist will be available to support arts development and the sustainability of their arts practises over the next six to nine months. A total of $500,000 will be available.

Mr Ramsay says this new funding is being made available as soon as possible subject to a streamlined assessment process.

He says funding will be for activities including research and development, making of new works or sharing of works via online platforms, and for artists fees and living expenses to undertake arts activities.

Artists may also apply for the creation and development of works to be exhibited or performed in public venues in the future, when it becomes safe to undertake these activities.

Applicants will need to provide a statement outlining how the funding will support their arts development and practice, a brief bio and a current CV.

Applications will open March 30 and will close 5pm, April 17. Announcements on successful recipients will be made on May 1.

Further information at arts.act.gov.au 



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