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RISE program | 31 December

The program is part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program that supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations to assist in the presentation of cultural and creative projects, activities and events to rebuild confidence amongst investors, producers and consumers. Projects that target audiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote areas will also be taken into account, as well as projects that in that involve tours and use local regional pre-production and production, services and support acts.

The objectives are to:

  • assist arts companies present new or re-imagined activities which have been disrupted by COVID-19
  • deliver new activities, opportunities and structural adjustments that have been developed in response to COVID-19, including innovative ways to deliver content and productions
  • provide increased employment opportunities and generate increased economic activity in arts + allied industries
  • help build longer-term financial sustainability of cultural and creative companies,
  • provide creative and cultural experiences to audiences across Australia.

The intended outcomes of the program are: cultural and creative activities that would have been unlikely to proceed; cultural and creative businesses in a stronger position to remain financially viable; cultural and creative industries are supported to reactivate, providing increased employment opportunities for artists and workers and COVID-safe experiences for audiences; and increased access to cultural and creative experiences in outer metropolitan, regional and remote communities

$75 million is available for the 2020-21 program for projects between $75,000 and $2 million. Funding decisions will consider a balance across art forms and types of activity, geographic and community diversity, and generation of jobs.

To be eligible your primary purpose must be the arts and entertainment and you must have an ABN, be registered for GST, have a bank account, comply with regulatory, industry and legal requirements in relation to copyright licensing and employment, be located in Australia and provide a co-contribution to the activity.

Activities must demonstrate that there is a funding need, contribute to job creation, support Australian artists or performers (or their work), provide experiences to audiences, be of a nature that is likely to be popular with Australian audiences, and financial viability.

Applications close 31 December 2021. Guidelines at

COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund | 31 May 2022

To support the arts and entertainment sector to continue its activities, this program targets funding towards significant Australian Government-funded arts organisations seeking funding to remain solvent. The program is intended to assist by providing the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID-19. This will support employment of workers (including in interdependent industries such as hospitality, retail, accommodation, transport and freight) and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

Grants of between $100,000 and $5,000,000 are available. For more info:

Cultural Gifts Program 2021/22 | 30 June 2022

The Cultural Gifts Program offers tax incentives to encourage people to donate cultural items to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives in Australia. More info here:

Australian Film Television and Radio School Scholarships | 9 November

To inspire creativity and innovation, we want to work with students from diverse backgrounds. To achieve this, we offer a range of scholarships that recognise excellence and assist with the costs associated with higher education. Education is a worthwhile investment in your future, and there are a variety of options to help you reach your study goal.

A variety of financial support options, which you may be able to access include AFTRS Scholarships, AFTRS Special Finance Assistance and Government support: FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy. For all the info you need:

Storytelling Scholarship | Course: Master of Arts Screen

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. Since its inception in 1973 as the national film, television and radio school, AFTRS has empowered Australian storytelling talent. Australian storytelling is vital for building our culture and identity and connecting with one another.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support the telling of diverse Australian stories by providing a fee scholarship for a commencing student in the Master of Arts Screen. The application will be selected based on creative excellence.

The AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship will be awarded to support a student’s study by covering their tuition fees for the first year of their course.

Equity Scholarships | Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, Master of Arts Screen and Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting: Full-Time

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. AFTRS Equity Scholarships are awarded twice a year to assist financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with higher education. AFTRS Equity Scholarship funds are provided by The Kenneth Myer Fellowship Trust and the AFTRS Executive Hardship Fund. The scholarships are intended to support people from low socio-economic backgrounds or who are otherwise underrepresented in higher education to study at AFTRS.

First Nations Scholarships | Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, Master of Arts Screen, Master of Arts Screen: Business or Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. AFTRS First Nations Scholarships are awarded based on creative excellence or equity. The scholarships are intended to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate and postgraduate students, who may otherwise be under-represented, with the costs associated with higher education at AFTRS.

AFTRS’ fund for the scholarships is managed through the First Nations and Outreach team and overseen by the CEO. AFTRS may give support for a range of purposes associated with a course. For example, AFTRS may contribute towards relocation costs, study resources and other costs, at AFTRS’ discretion. The amount of support may vary depending on the course and a student’s individual circumstances.

ABC Selwyn Speight Excellence Radio Scholarship | Course: Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. This AFTRS and ABC Radio Scholarship of $15,000 is awarded each year to develop Australian radio talent, with a focus on diversity.

The scholarship has been adapted from an existing, long-standing bequest to AFTRS from the late ABC broadcaster Selwyn Speight, who was the first executive producer of flagship Radio Current Affairs program AM. The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is accepted into AFTRS’ prestigious Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting who displays excellence and is from a diverse background.

The successful applicant will also be provided with an internship at the ABC one day per week and will be offered a 12-month employment contract upon graduation if all performance measures are met.

Onbass Giant Steps Scholarship | Course: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. The Onbass Giant Steps Scholarship has been established by Gentle Giant Media Group and the Onbass Fund for students who show creative excellence and who also require financial assistance to study at AFTRS. The scholarship is valued at $22,500 for each recipient (paid in instalments of $7,500 each year for three years) and will be awarded to a student commencing the Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production.

Atlas Shorts Scholarship | Course: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. The Atlas Shorts Screen Excellence Scholarship has been established by Atlas Shorts for students who show creative excellence in Screen Production. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 will be awarded to one student commencing the Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production.

CRA Podcast Scholarship | Course: Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting: Full-Time

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both. The AFTRS and Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Podcast Scholarship will support a student from an interstate and/or regional or remote area moving to Sydney to study AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting Full-Time, which covers all aspects of audio including podcasting.

The CRA Podcast Scholarship will provide $7,500 in 2022, to support the student’s living expenses and re-location to Sydney plus a 4-week industry internship.

Australia Council grants

The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s principal arts investment, development and advisory body. We champion and invest in arts and creativity to benefit all Australians through an integrated suite of activities. For a full list of open Australia Council for the Arts grants, click here

Australia-Singapore Digital Residencies | Closes 9 November

The Australia Council for the Arts and the National Arts Council Singapore will jointly deliver the third iteration of a program of four digital residencies between Australia and Singapore, two for each country. Grants of $5000 are available to seed research, projects or exchanges and collaborative processes between artists and/or creative practitioners from the two countries, with the potential to spark new connections or deepen existing relationships which may result in co-creation of new work. To apply:

All The Things We Couldn’t Say: Digital Theatremakers Program | Closes 9 November

All The Things We Couldn’t Say is a three-year collaboration between Salamanca Arts Centre in Australia, and Checkpoint Theatre in Singapore. For the first year of the project (2022), we are seeking four participants from Australia (two from Tasmania and two from anywhere in else Australia) and two participants from Singapore to begin a process of contact, investigation, and digital collaboration. $2000 funding available. More info here:

International Engagement Fund | Closes 9 November

This pilot fund supports the Australian arts, cultural and creative sectors to explore opportunities

to engage internationally, in the wake of unprecedented global change and disruption. Our vision is for Australian arts, culture and creativity to be thriving and to be known globally for its innovation, sustainability, complexity and diversity. This fund prioritises remote, online and hybrid modes of cross-border engagement while international travel is restricted.

Research, Experimentation, Development and Prototyping – $5,000 – $15,000

Action and New Models – $15,001 – $30,000

To apply:

Arts Leaders Program | Closes 30 November

This program is designed to transform the cultural and creative industry’s knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of established leaders. The program brings together a group of diverse practitioners to engage with current and relevant themes affecting the future of the industry. As a participant in our programs, you will join a cohort of mid-career and established arts leaders working within organisations, independently or in community. Apply here:

International Leadership Program Indo Pacific | Closes 30 November

In partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the International Leadership Program invites applicants from nine eligible Indo-Pacific countries to apply for the Arts Leaders or Future Leaders programs in Australia. The International Leadership Program supports you to form new connections and relationships with peers from across our region to explore creative leadership through a different lens. More info here:

Digital Strategist-in-Residence | Closes 7 December

The Digital Strategist-in-Residence will connect and collaborate with key members of your team. The program will involve facilitated sessions and self-directed tasks. This residency is a hybrid program, involving both in-person and online sessions.

Over a period of three months, the strategist will work with your organisation to:

  • Review your current digital capability.
  • Identify areas for digital improvement.
  • Explore new opportunities to expand digital activities.
  • Develop a digital strategy (and/or implementation plan) tailored to the values, people and context of your organisation.

Apply here:

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups | 1 March 2022

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. More here:

Contemporary Music Touring Program | 1 March 2022

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. Varying amounts of up to $50,000 is available. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE LAST MINUTE! If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact the Artists Services team at least four weeks before the closing date. To apply you must be registered in our application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

For eligibility and to apply:

Arts Queensland grants

To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Arts Queensland has implemented a number of measures and new funding opportunities to support the arts sector. Keep an eye on funding opportunities here:

Touring Queensland Quick Response Fund | Apply Anytime

The Touring Queensland Quick Response Fund (TQF Quick) provides Queensland-based artists, arts organisations and presenters (including performing arts venues, galleries and museums, community or local government presenters) with grants of up to $20,000 to support the delivery of touring performances and community engagement activities allied to performing arts or exhibitions touring.

TQF Quick will fund up to $20,000 for the following types of activity:

  • new performing arts tours that include at least three regional Queensland locations, or at least two regional Queensland and one metropolitan location (regionally based applicants only)
  • extension of confirmed performing arts or exhibition touring activity to additional regional locations, or metropolitan locations (regionally based artists only)
  • new community engagement activities as part of confirmed performing arts or exhibitions tours in regional locations, or metropolitan locations (regionally based artists only)

TQF Quick will fund regional and metropolitan performing arts venues for up to $5,000 for:

  • single-venue performing arts engagements that are part of new or existing tours

More info here:

Queensland Arts Showcase Program | 29 October

The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The Program is administered across three funding streams: Arts Accelerate for new works; Arts Activate for diverse arts and cultural initiatives; and Arts Advantage forarts-led projects which provide social benefits to Queenslanders across community sectors. Between $30,000 and $60,000 is available per grant.  More at

First Nations Commissioning Fund | 26 November

The First Nations Commissioning Fund is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practitioners, organisations, collectives or communities to commission and deliver uniquely Queensland Indigenous stories, arts and cultural experiences, products and celebrations.

Up to $60,000 towards small and large scale commissions. This may include creative projects, development, festivals or presentations and must involve other partners and collaborators.  Projects can take place at multiple venues or in communities across Queensland. Applicants cannot apply for 100% of project costs through this funding stream.

More info here:

Screen Australia

Screen Australia is committed to building equity into its programs and its engagement with the community.  Gender equity, anti-racism, authentic story-telling, from and about under-represented groups, and inclusivity are priorities for Screen Australia. We expect that the lived experience portrayed through the narrative and characters are reflected within the key creative team. It is vital the creative team has the cultural authorship to tell the story so that telling of the story is authentic.  This will be taken into account when assessing applications.

 For Australian screen content to effectively deliver cultural and economic benefits it must speak to, and be for, all Australians.  Ultimately a diversity of ideas and a diverse workforce will grow the Australia screen industry, make it more relevant to Australian audiences and more competitive internationally.

Children’s Program Production | 25 November

Children’s programs of any broadcast format is eligible for this program, including telemovies, telemovie packages and series. The content can be animation or live action, preschool, drama or factual and do not have to be ‘P’ or ‘C’ program as classified by the ACMA. More at

Feature Films Funding Programs | 25 November

Aims to support a diverse slate of Australian films for theatrical release. To be considered for Screen Australia production funding, a project must demonstrate that all other finance is in place at time of application. More here:

Temporary Interruption Fund | 26 November

The fund provides assistance for new local productions which have been unable to start production due to production insurance exclusions relating to COVID-19. Funding of up to $4,000,000 is available. To find out more:

The Screen Fund | 24 December

Supports independent cinema operators who have experienced significant declines in revenue due to COVID-19. Apply here:

Story Development: Generate | Apply Anytime

The way screen stories are developed, financed, distributed and, most importantly, consumed by audiences is evolving at a rapid rate. In particular, delivery platforms such as online, TV, mobile content and cinema are converging, which makes definitions of screen content according to an individual platform less relevant. Apply here:

The Ideas Program | Apply Anytime

Script and concept development for films, series and games.  This program is for Queensland-based screen practitioners with engaging ideas that have potential to excite global audiences and secure market.  The program is suited to applicants with projects in development who are seeking investment from Screen Queensland to progress their project to the next stage of development or production. Find out more:

Commissioned Program | Apply Anytime

The Commissioned program is designed to support the production of a diverse range of quality documentaries made primarily for free-to-air or subscription television broadcast, VOD platform or similar (Commissioning Platforms), that offer a compelling vision and have clear enduring cultural value beyond their initial availability. More at:

International Marketing Support: Festivals and Awards | Apply Anytime

For the promotion of Australian content and talent at the key international festivals and awards events, enabling the enhancement of international marketing strategies in conjunction with other partners. Screen Australia will contribute to the promotional budget for eligible events generally up to $20,000 for feature films and television series and $10,000 for short films. More info here:

International Marketing Support: Pitching Events/Talent Labs | Apply Anytime

For attendance by producers selected for key pitching events in order for them to secure finance, production and marketplace partners for Australian projects, and/or for key creatives invited to talent labs for professional development and building international industry networks. Applicants can apply for an amount up to the stated maximum, supported by a budget for up to $3,000 unless otherwise indicated. More here:

Non-government grants

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship | 16 November

The Fellowship is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Up to $20,000 is awarded for travel and research to further a writing proposal or work in progress. It may not be used to pay for a research assistant or to subsidise a publication. The focus is on biography, but extends to an aspect of cultural or social history compatible with Hazel’s interest areas. Preference is given to projects that are about ‘risk-taking’ and expanding horizons, promote discussion of ideas, and make a significant contribution to public intellectual life. To apply:

APRA Professional Development Awards | 18 November

These awards exist to provide support to emerging songwriters and composers. Nine recipients will each receive a game-changing $10,000 cash prize to support their development, along with a prize from Australis Music. To nominate:

Crisis Relief Grants for Performing Artists | Apply anytime

You can get help by applying for financial support if you are an artist, crew or music worker in crisis. SupportAct will also contribute to the cost of a funeral. To get help:

Sounds Australia Export Stimulus | Opens 10 January

Program has been designed to bolster Australia’s music export activity and support the industry as they return to global stages. The targeted support will assist Australian artists, crew and music professionals to realise significant career milestone opportunities, earn much needed income after 18 months of cancelled work, and support Australia’s quest to become a net exporting music nation.

Find out more here:

Ian Potter Cultural Trust arts grants | 25 January 2022

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities. The Trust supports applicants demonstrating both initiative and exceptional talent as well as an ability to convert their ambitions to reality. Well-researched and planned projects are highly favoured as the trust primarily provides support for structured professional development and networking opportunities such as residencies, mentorships, study tours, private lessons, internships and workshops. Applications for the current round close 25 January at 5.00pm and a subsequent round closes 3 May 2022. Find out more at

American Australian Association Scholarship

The Arts Fund provides support to Australian, Indigenous Australian, American and Native American emerging or early career artists undertaking or planning to undertake artistic development in the country of the other. These scholarships and grants support artists in the fields of theatre, film, television, dance, music, visual arts, design, literature, photography and fashion. Three categories available, find out more here:

The Great Escape – Artist Applications | 13 February 2022

Calling all artists. Artist registration for The Great Escape 2022 is now officially open in partnership with Family In Music. Whether you are a band, a singer-songwriter, a rapper, DJ, collective or duo, it doesn’t matter, we want to hear from you.

The Great Escape welcomes artists from every genre across the globe to apply for a chance to play at the world’s most renowned festival for breaking new talent. You will be performing with the beautiful seaside backdrop of Brighton, where 450+ acts will be filling over 35 venues, making 11th-14th May 2022 one hell of a weekend and a great opportunity to meet key music industry figures who come to TGE looking for the next big thing.

To Apply:

Performers’ Trust Foundation Grants | Apply anytime

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.

All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;
  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

It is unusual for grants to be approved in excess of:

$3,000 for an individual; or

$5,000 for a group or organisation

To apply:


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