Resources and Support during COVID-19
With recent cancellations and postponements of concerts, events and festivals, we know that many artists and arts workers have drastically lost their income due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This is having far reaching implications around the world including right across Queensland. To keep you up to date with key information and resources, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of funding avenues and resources currently available, including ways BEMAC can help our arts community.
Funding for our Creative Community
Did you know that if you are a BEMAC registered Artist or Artsworker, or any Arts worker who is a resident of Logan or Ipswich Council areas, BEMAC can provide free support to you in applying for funding. Some great new opportunities are open right now:
Arts Qld Funding:
Qld Arts Showcase Program (QASP): The QASP program is delivered through three streams – Arts Accelerate, Arts Activate and Arts Advantage. Click here for more details
Spaces and Places: Spaces and Places supports organisations, creative businesses, local councils and festivals to develop new products with cultural tourism potential that employ local artists and leverage supporting partnership funding. Click here for more details
Australia Council for the Arts Funding: In response to COVID-19 the Australia Council suspended its regular funding opportunities to deliver the Resilience Fund. The Cherish Fund was also launched to address the immediate disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector. Their website has a full list of grants and opportunities available for both individuals and organisations. Click here for more details
Support Act: Support Act has expanded its services to offer Crisis Relief to music industry professionals impacted by COVID-19. This additional funding enables us to offer crisis relief. Click here for more details
To speak to the BEMAC team for assistance in applying for funding, or to discuss your options at this current time, email email@example.com or call 0499 989 829.
COVID-19 – Resources for Multicultural Communities
BEMAC and Access appreciate that language can be a key barrier to accessing appropriate information on the current pandemic, for many of our clients from diverse backgrounds.
Here is a list of helpful online resources available:
The Refugee Health Network Queensland contains a variety of information on COVID-19 and links to related resources, including:
- Ethnolink Language Service – provides links to information in 19 languages from Health authorities at Federal, State and Global levels.
- Settlement Council of Australia
– Fact sheets in different languages with information on: close contact with confirmed cases, community return, FAQ’s, identifying symptoms, isolation guidance, residential care services, early childhood centres, social distancing
- Australian Red Cross Coronavirus Resources (Translated resources can be found under ‘Organise’ – currently in 15 languages)
- NDIS and disaster response – Translated Resources
Reporting your Lost Work, & Other Resources
Diversity Arts Australia survey: Diversity Arts Australia are working with the creative sector to advocate for culturally diverse creative sector workers and artists in the wake of #COVID19 cancellations & postponements to arts projects. Share your experience in their survey which will help build a stronger case for government assistance. Click here to complete survey
I Lost My Gig survey: The Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association have joined with industry partners to tally the impact of the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of concerts, conferences, events and festivals across Australia. They are working to find ways to support people and businesses who have been affected. Click here to complete survey
NAVA – National Assoc. of Visual Arts: The National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA) provides an Advocacy Toolkit so you can assist in the campaign to get immediate support for artists. Click here for more details.
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA): MEAA, along with other organisations in these sectors, is calling for targeted industry support and a national scheme of paid leave for any workers who are self-employed, casual or whose employer cannot provide them with paid leave in the event of a stand down. Click here to complete survey
First Nations’ Roundtables: The First Nations Roundtables are an ongoing series of updates and discussions about the implications of COVID-19 is having on the First Nations independent and small to medium sector, live performance and public gatherings. Click here for more details.
Other Government Advice and Information:
- Department of Health:
- QLD State Government – State health advice and resources
- Department of Home Affairs – Incoming travel advice (also available in some languages other than English) – please be aware there may be significant financial penalties for anyone failing to self-quarantine upon return to Australia.
- DFAT Smartraveller – Outgoing travel advice
- Coronavirus Health Information Line
- Telephone: 1800 020 080 – Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Welfare Benefit, Employment and Housing information:
- Fair Work – info on COVID-19 and Australian Workplace Laws
- Tenants Union of NSW – Renting and COVID-19 information
- Welfare Rights Centre – Legal advice on Centrelink and social security issues over the phone
- Economic Justice Australia (peak body for community legal centres) – Fact Sheet what support you can get from Centrelink