Artist Opportunities


Here are a number of paid creative opportunities currently being offered to artists across many artforms, as a direct response to the loss of work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


+ National Assistance Program for the Arts
The Sidney Myer Foundation is leading a group of prominent philanthropists to provide some additional support to independent artists not covered by the government’s JobKeeper program. Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network is coordinating the distribution of philanthropic funds into the Australian arts sector, via Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Cultural Fund. Apply now for up to $1,000.
Applications close this Sunday 10 May 2020

+ TOP 5 Media Residency – Arts 2020
ABC, University of Melbourne & Australia Council for the Arts
An ABC media residency program in partnership with University of Melbourne to discover the next generation of Arts communicators and give them a voice.
For more information listen to a discussion about the program HERE on RN Breakfast.
Apply now, applications close 1 June 2020.

+ 1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash for Artists
Theatre Network Australia (TNA)
A one-off emergency payment to support independent artists in the perfomring arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net. TNA seek to ensure artists are able to continue their practice while dealing with the day to day impacts of COVID-19 on their lives.
Applications for support are now open

+ Peggy Glanville-Hicks Commissions
Australian Music Centre
Ten $1000 bursaries will be available to the Australian music community to create online works (15-mins in duration) that are realised in 2020. Distribution will be in partnership with the ABC and Monash University, in order that your work reaches as broad an audience as possible, and further embeds Australian music in teaching and learning .
Apply here by 8 May 2020.

+ SURVIVE: 2020 Resilience Fund
Australia Council for the Arts
Small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity.
Applications close on 28 May 2020.

+ ADAPT: 2020 Resilience Fund
Australia Council for the Arts
Grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their arts practice and explore new ways of working.
Applications close on 28 May 2020.

+ CREATE: 2020 Resilience Fund
Australia Council for the Arts
Grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption.
Applications close on 28 May 2020.

+ Creative Connections Webinar Series
Australia Council for the Arts
Held twice weekly (Wednesday 3-4pm & Friday 11am-12noon)
Accessibility information here
Check out the full schedule and register for free here

+ First Nations’ Roundtables: COVID-19
Australia Council for the Arts
Weekly, each Friday from 2-3pm AEST
Register for free here

+ Quick Response Grant – RANT Arts
The Regional Arts Fund
Apply now

+ MOOGAHL LIVE: Bringing the best of Blak arts to a device near you
Moogahlin Performing Arts
Artists can apply here

+ Grants – Cultural Fund
Copyright Council
Apply now

+ Little Lunch Online (LLOL)
Arts Front / Feral Arts
An online conversation held each weekday at 12noon AEST, which each Thursday conversation hosted by a disabled artist
Catch up on previous conversations here
Register here

+ MTC 2020 General Meetings
Melbourne Theatre Company is holding ten-minute online General Meetings with actors.
Submissions are now open until 5pm, Wednesday 13 May 2020.

+ Various PWA Opportunities
Playwriting Australia have announced a suite of opportunities for emerging and established writers, including:

++ Duologue
This opportunity will support eight collaborative relationships and new work developments for mid-career and established playwrights over an eight-month period.  Up to eight duos will be chosen. Applications close 9.00AM AEST Thursday 14 May. Apply here.

++ Ignition Script Development Program
Seven selected playwrights will receive a commissioning fee of $16,000 as well as a development/living stipend of $9,000 to help ‘buy time’ in the creative development phase. Applications close 17 May 2020. More info here.

++ Rapid Fire
A one-day workshop or roundtable discussion and analysis of a new play, involving a team of artists, actors, thinkers and other professionals of the playwright’s choice. 10 plays will be selected. Submissions close 19 May 2020. Submit your play here.

++ First Nations Playwright Retreat
10 playwrights will be supported by 5 dramaturgs over two separate 15-day virtual ‘retreat’ periods. Register by 24 May 2020 here.

++ The Max Afford Playwrights Award
This biennial award offers a young playwright, between the ages of 18 and 40, $15,000 in prize money and up to $15,000 towards creative development. Entries close 28 May 2020. Apply here.


+ COVID-19 Initiatives
Create NSW
Apply for various grants now

+ Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW
ABF NSW have set up an emergency assistance program for professionals in the performing arts. NSW-based Actors, Directors, Stage Managers, Designers, Technical crew and other Creatives are all eligible for financial support. The emergency fund is limited to a cap of $1,000/person. Read the full details and download the application form here.

+ Quick Response Grants: COVID-19
City of Sydney
To help individuals and organisations through the COVID-19 pandemic
Apply now (these are rolling grants, and as such there is no application deadline)

+ Small Project Grants
Create NSW’s Small Project Grants offers independent artists the chance to apply for between $500 and $5,000 for a project. This program has been redefined to address the current situation.
Apply now until 30 June, 2020

+ Creative Hello
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta
A collaborative network for Sydney creatives focussing on Western Sydney artists.
Click here for more information and to register your interest


+ HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus)
HOTA (Home of the Arts)
Check out their first announcement of artists here!
EOIs close Friday 15 May 2020


+ COVID-19 Arts Grants Support
South Australian Government

+ Adelaide FringeVIEW
FringeVIEW is Adelaide Fringe’s answer to the coronavirus crisis, to help artists who are unable to perform live or who have had their shows cancelled due to COVID-19. This project is a free initiative for artists, created to present local and international talent to online audiences in this new artistic experience. Apply now and get ready for their launch on Friday 1 May 2020.

Supporting the development of new art and performance.
Applications close midnight Monday 25 May 2020.


+ Cultural and Creative Industries stimulus package
Tasmanian Government
For more info, check out the factsheet here
Apply now, various deadlines: 13 April, 4 May, 6 May 2020


+ Shelter Commissions Program
Multicultural Arts Victoria – MAV
Shelter will create a paid opportunity of $500 each to 40 Victorian CALD and artists of colour across the artforms of writing, digital visual arts and music, to create new works that can be shared on the MAV website and social media platforms.
Submit an EOI here by Friday 22 May 2020

+ The Housewarming Commissions
Arts House
Arts House is calling for submissions from contemporary artists for site-responsive 3-7 minute works and focused installations to program for their reopening party. The event will take place across one day only (date TBC), and be free to the public.
Applications are now open and close at midnight, Monday 25 May 2020.
Apply now

+ The Darebin Arts Speakeasy Development program
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 13 May 2020
Apply now

+ Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative
Creative Victoria
Quick response grants for impacted Victorian based independent creative practitioners and micro-organisations across all creative forms, with 5+ years of professional experience. The fund will offer grants of $5,000 to individuals, and $10,000 for collectives and micro-organisations/businesses.
Applications close 1 June 2020
Apply now

+ Grants for artists and arts organisations affected by COVID-19
City of Melbourne
Apply now

+ Constant Ecology: At-home Residency
Constant Ecology will commission eight artists to undertake a 2 month, at-home residency to allow artists to think-through, unpack and creatively respond to the current ecological crisis in all of its manifestations.
Apply now

+ Grants open for businesses affected by COVID-19
City of Melbourne
Apply now

+ Living in the Queerantine – Expressions of Interest
Midsumma Festival
EOIs close Sunday 3 May 2020

+ Financial Wellbeing and Literacy Workshop for Artists
Moreland City Council
Join Scott Malcolm (Money Mechanics) for a special COVID-19 focused financial wellbeing and literacy session that will take you through recently released financial support packages for individuals and small business / sole traders during these challenging times.
Follow the Arts Moreland Facebook page for updates

+ Melbourne Fringe: 2020 Microgrants & Bursaries

++ ShowSupport – Let Melbourne Fringe play match-maker, pairing you (independent artists) with their private donors keen to commission new work to premiere in the 2020 Festival.
Apply here by 10am, 18 May 2020

++ Jewel Box Grants – Supporting creative people of colour by commissioning original work to be presented at the 2020 Festival.
Apply here by 10am, 18 May 2020

++ XS OPEN – A new open access public art commission to create and premiere a free experimental work for children up to 12 years old, in public space within the City of Maribyrnong.
Apply here by 10am, 11 May 2020

++ Deadly Fringe Visual Arts Commissions – Opportunity for two First Nations artists who will each deliver a new and original visual art exhibition within one of Melbourne’s independent galleries as part of the 2020 Festival.
You can apply for either of these visual art commissions here. Applications close 10am, 18 May 2020.

++ Ralph Mclean Microgrants – Do you need some help covering your rego fee? Melbourne Fringe’s Ralph Mclean Microgrants program offers discounted (read: 25%, 50% or 90% off) assistance for artists who are facing structural disadvantage.
Applications for Ralph Mclean Microgrants will open 1 June.


Tura is developing new online-delivery content, part of that process is the commissioning of new digital work across three programs; @TheRoots, No Borders, and A Different View, to both create new online content, and, support new music and sound art practitioners for whom both opportunities to earn and to create have virtually dried up.
Apply here