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.


+ 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

+ 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

+ 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



+ 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

+ 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


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

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

+ Melbourne Fringe: 2020 Microgrants & Bursaries