There are some incredible organisations working to support artists in Australia during COVID-19. We have collated a list of resources for artists, friends of artists and friendly folk below in need of support below. This list will continue to grow, please feel welcome to contact us if you find we are missing something. 




Next Stage Counselling

Arts-focused counselling service. Next Stage offers face to face support from our offices in Melbourne, as well as video, and telephone counselling for those who are on tour. 


Headspace App

It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.


Support Act Wellbeing Hotline 1800 959 500

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential phone counselling service, available 24/7 to anyone who works in the performing arts.


Grumble Boogie

Morning live groovy dance aerobics  with our favourite ecosexual sex clown, Betty Grumble. Steaming 10am AEST.


Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512 348

Practical information, free support options, 24/7 support, and coping strategies.

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The Lounge Room Yoga Project

Queer and gal-led initiative for free and donation yoga flows accessible in your own lounge room. 




1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash For Artists

A one-off emergency payment to support independent artists in the performing arts who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net. Led Theatre Network Australia and by Creative Partnerships Australia.


Keeping Connected

Arts Front provided critical support for artists providing a one-off payment of $210 who have no internet access or are at risk of losing their access.


Sustaining Creative Workers (VIC)

Quick-response funding to professional independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses. Closes 1 June 2020.


Shelter Commissions Program

Multicultural Arts Vic will provide 40 diverse artists with the opportunity to develop a work for Shelter. EOIs close 22 May 2020.


Erin Thomas Playwriting Fund

Emerging regional or remote area playwriting paid opportunity to work with a dramaturg or director on a new work via digital platforms. Closes 31 May 2020.


Live Nation Global Relief Fund

The Crew Nation fund is here to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. You can apply for financial assistance until Friday, May 1st.

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Artist Relief Fund WA

Targeted financial hardship assistance for WA artists and arts workers to cover medical bills, rent, groceries etc.


PP+A Young Women Writing Competition

Psychiatry, Philosophy & Arts (US) & The House are looking for 400-1000 articles written by young women from Australia about experiences of anxiety and the arts. Top 10 receive $100. Closes 1 June 2020.



 Vitalstatistix’s national hothouse, supporting the creative development of new experimental and multidisciplinary arts projects. EOIs close 25 May 2020.


Max Afford Playwrights Award

Award for young playwrights between the ages of 18 and 40 to receive $30,000 in money and creative development of a new work. Closes 28 May 2020. 

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Artist Relief Project

Global project to fund  any artist in any discipline who has been impacted by COVID19-related cancellations. One-time $200 stipend will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Australia Council Resilience Fund

National grants designed to provide emergency relief to livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists and organisations. Closes 28 May 2020.


The Housewarming Commissions (VIC)

Arts House is calling for submissions from contemporary artists for artworks that will be programmed into our reopening party for Melbourne Town Hall.  EOIs close 25 May 2020.

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The Farm Residency

National opportunity for paid residency for visual artists at The Farm Margaret River. $5,000 and 5-to-8 weeks in the South West WA. Entries Close 29 May 2020.




COVID-19 Audience Outlook Report

Patternmakers have published Phase One research of Australia's audience outlook behaviours, survey data from over 23,000 Australians. Read now.


NAVA Impact Survey

NAVA is working closely with national peak organisations as well as state and federal ministries and government departments to understand impacts on the sector represent them in detail.

NAVA Advocacy Program Weekly Workshops

Let’s talk arts, policy, media, political and public engagement.  Every Wednesday evening starting from 22 April,  online at 4pm AEST.

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AV Training Resource List

Online Google Doc listing of Audio Visual training courses. Author unknown.


SVA Guide for NFPs and Charities

A short collated guide of key opportunities for non-for-profits and charities available from Australian Government announcements as of 15 May 2020.


I LOST MY GIG Australia

Have you lost work? For performers, production, crew, hospo workers, managers, booking agents & more. Tallying the impact of these impacts on Australians - and hear your stories.


Australian Circus Covid-19 Info Sheet

This is Antonella Casella's latest collated list of useful links for the circus sector.


Free Legal Advice Welfare Rights Centre (NSW)

NSW residents can access free legal advice and representation (including for appeals) from the Welfare Rights Centre


ActNow Theatre COVID-19 Resource Document

A live document created by ActNow Theatre to give updates and methods of working and support in this time.


Creative Connections Arts Leadership Webinar Series

Australia Council for the Arts'  free online webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors, delivered by industry experts on key topics and emerging themes.


Professional Development Circuit West (WA)

Free professional development for WA presenters, producers and artists in grant writing, marketing, budgeting, pitching and touring.


Healthcare Parents Meet Artists with Childcare Skills (NSW)

Aiming to connect arts and healthcare industries to support each other in the ways we need it most during these unprecedented times.



Stuck At Home 48 Hour Film Project

 Global filmmaking competition for filmmakers at home, a no cost creative outlet. Register to receive the official challenge assignment, you have 48 hours to brainstorm, write and shoot a simple scene or scenes and upload them.


Varietyville Live Zoom Shows

Ticketed online variety shows with new weekly acts: dress up, dine in and do your live screen theatre experience in style! Saturdays 8:00pm UTC+10. $5 + ticket fee.

Bae Marie's Is-Aoke

Join queer performance artist Bae Marie for a night of karaoke you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.


Free MoMA Courses

New York's MoMA is offering free online courses in contemporary art studies via Coursera.


Doomsday Disco

The Dollar Bin Darling's bringing you some therapeutic disco and joy via Youtube live streamed DJ sets in monthly events.


Quarantine Zine Club

Sticky Institute's Quarantine Zine Club an online hub for the zine community to stay connected during this period of isolation. Here you will be able to read zines, share your own zines and make zines inspired by the monthly zine prompt.


Club Quarantina

Strictly 18+ digital queer party night hosted on Zoom. Thursdays 9pm AEST. Meeting all your isolation party needs.




Making Zoom More Accessible

Bec First - Deaf Second brings us some practical and useful tips on making Zoom meetings more accessible.


Dealing With Unsupportive Family During Self-Isolation

Minus18 writes for LGBTQIA+ youth, a piece with ideas on managing unsupportive family during isolation.


Women leaders are doing a disproportionately great job at handling the pandemic. So why aren't there more of them?

An opinion editorial written by Leta Hong Fincher, the author of "Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China" and "Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China."

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Trans Women Have Always Been Prepared for the Apocalypse

Nomi Ruiz reflects poignantly on truths and traumas commonly shared among trans women's lived experiences — even now.


All the Ways the Internet Is Pushing Hustle Culture during the Quarantine

"We’re all getting swindled and we’re swindling others by telling them it’s possible to become the next Shakespeare in a time of crisis" Rachel Charlene Lewis writes for Bitch Media. 


NZ's Thankful For Art Campaign

New Zealand's national advocacy campaign to highlight and celebrate that the arts are making COVID-19 lockdown a better place to be.


Millennials are driven to a hard generational bargain

Sonia Arakkal, founder of Think Foward, an advocacy group for young Australians and intergenerational fairness, discusses the millennial position in  an opinion piece for Sydney Morning Herald.

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