City of Melbourne pledges $2M to artist grants

The City of Melbourne is fast-tracking $2M in grants for artists and organisations to help with COVID-19.
City of Melbourne pledges $2M to artist grants A series of fast-track grants are available to Melbourne artists. Photo by Matt Zhang on Unsplash.

Staff writer

Thursday 26 March, 2020

The City of Melbourne has released $2 million in grants for artists and creative organisations impacted by the COVID-19 virus to assist them during this challenging time.

Five hundred grants are being offered at $4,000 each for individual artists (with an ABN) or small arts organisations. They are to assist artists and orgs in two ways: 'development', for the development of new work, and 'online presentation' grants, to put developed work online.

Criteria and outcome requirements are pared right back, eg. development grant application does not require a presentation outcome to be nominated, but of course this is for artists who live, practice, work or regularly present in the City of Melbourne.

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Grants will open now (26 March), with details on City of Melbourne website.

Read: Australia Council announces COVID-19 support plan 

The City has also granted rent relief to all arts organisations that are tenants of Council-controlled properties, and arts organisations in the City of Melbourne will have access to a separate funding pool for various categories of Quick Response Business Grants.

'This is an imperfect and local contribution to a massive problem, but hopefully will make a meaningful contribution to a few, and keep artists creating with some income,' said the city in an informal statement.

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