OzCo suspends grant programs to support arts sector during pandemic
The Australia Council has suspended many of its investment programs to concentrate on providing a response package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of Covid-19.
The response package includes new programs designed to provide immediate relief to Australian artists, arts workers and arts organisations; relief from reporting and other grant conditions; an online learning series to assist the arts sector in responding to the crisis; First Nations support; sector development initiatives; and research and analysis that will identify immediate and long term impacts of Covid-19 on Australia’s cultural sector, and the broader public as a result.
Australia Council chief executive Adrian Collette said, ‘We have freed up funds—as much as we are able—to immediately respond to the critical situation faced by Australian arts and culture. We are introducing new support and sector development programs. We are establishing virtual gathering opportunities and important conduits for sector feedback as we work together and codesign solutions to the host of new challenges we face. We are also working closely with the Office for the Arts and our Minister to provide advice and information to assist the Government’s response to this urgent crisis.’
For more information on the response package, see the Australia Council website.
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