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Live Performance Support Program

The Live Performance Support Program was launched in March 2021 to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. The program has been extended to support eligible arts activities until 30 September 2022.

This program sees the Tasmanian Government share some of the risk of potential lost ticket sales if performances are required to be cancelled or significantly modified due to the impacts of the Tasmanian Government's Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.

Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000 through this $2 million program.

To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists.

Applicants may only submit one application at a time, but it may cover multiple performances or events scheduled to occur between April 2021 and 30 September 2022.

Applications can be made up to six months before an eligible activity and will take at least 25 business days to be assessed.

There is a limited pool of funding available through this competitive program. Applications will be accepted until the full funding pool has been pre-approved. If events proceed as planned, allocated funds that are not required will be returned to the funding pool to support future applications.

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Applications are submitted through the online application system SmartyGrants. Applicants will need to register or log in to SmartyGrants before starting their application.

Live Performance Support Program - application form

Key dates

Opens: 5 March 2021
Closes: 5 September 2022

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    This initiative supports:

    • arts organisations and businesses (including sole traders and partnerships), festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues (including those owned and operated by local government enterprises) based in Tasmania, presenting performances or events that feature Tasmanian artists.

    Eligible art forms include circus, physical theatre, comedy, dance, multi-arts, music, music theatre, opera, other performing arts and theatre.

    School seasons are eligible for support under the program, provided the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.

    Applications will not be accepted from:

    • an entity without an ABN
    • an entity that cannot demonstrate that its principal place of business is in Tasmania
    • an entity seeking support towards an event or performance that will occur outside the eligible date range, or that has already occurred
    • bodies seeking support towards conferences, business events, awards events, fundraisers or eisteddfods
    • any State government body, government agency or government business enterprise
    • primary or secondary schools and colleges
    • non-arts and cultural venues
    • screen practitioners and production companies.

    If applicants are unsure about their ability to meet all aspects of the eligibility criteria they should contact Arts Tasmania.

    Grounds for claiming a guarantee may include:

    • cancellation of performances or events, or reduction of audience capacity, due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.
    • cancellation, or postponement of performances or events while cast, crew members or venue staff in Tasmania quarantine or isolate in accordance with Public Health or State Directives at the time of the scheduled performance.

    The following are not grounds for claiming a guarantee:              

    • variable ticket sales due to public sentiment around gathering and performance attendance in the time of COVID-19.
    • non-compliance with vaccine requirements.
    • audience members quarantining or isolating in accordance with or Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.
    • closures of State, Territory or National borders.
    • quarantine requirements for artists or performers visiting from interstate or overseas.

    Applicants will be required to demonstrate appropriate risk management and mitigation for performances.

    How much can I apply for?

    Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000.

    Each offer of a guarantee will include the amount of support that the applicant will be able to access if performances included in the application are subject to cancellation or significant modification due to the Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19. The letter of offer will include details on how to draw upon the guarantee.

    A significant modification is defined as an event reducing ticket sales by at least 40 per cent of the total approved venue capacity.

    The maximum amount that may be allocated to an application will be calculated at 70% of the allowable capacity of a venue and the average cost per ticket.

    Advice to successful applicants to the program will indicate the maximum amount to be paid in the case of cancellation or significant reduction in audience capacity due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.

    This amount may be less than the maximum amount determined by application of the formula as result of peer deliberations during assessment.

    If a guarantee is offered for multiple events or performances, payment will only be made for events that have been cancelled or significantly modified due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19. The amount payable may be less than the cap approved if some performances are not impacted.

    If a pre-approved event is significantly modified due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19 then a recalculation of the amount to be paid would be undertaken at that time.

  • Assessment criteria
  • Assessment criteria

    Applications will be assessed by a multi-artform peer panel against the criteria of:

    • Benefit
      • What is the value of this activity in stimulating Tasmanian confidence during COVID-19?
      • How do Tasmanian artists and artsworkers benefit from this guarantee?
    • Financial responsibility
      • Is the timeline reasonable and achievable?
      • Are the financial reports provided realistic and reasonable?
    • Planning
      • Does the application demonstrate that the event has been well planned and compliant with current public health advice?
  • How do I apply?
  • How do I apply?

    Please contact Arts Tasmania if you are unable to submit electronically.

    Help with your application

    You can discuss your application with Ashlee Davis (Manager, Grants) at Arts Tasmania before the closing date.

    Contact Ashlee on 03 6165 6666 or ashlee.davis@arts.tas.gov.au

    Other information

    Sign up for Arts Tasmania’s newsletter for funding and program announcements.

    View all programs and key dates.

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    This initiative supports:

    • arts organisations and businesses (including sole traders and partnerships), festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues (including those owned and operated by local government enterprises) based in Tasmania, presenting performances or events that feature Tasmanian artists.

    Eligible art forms include circus, physical theatre, comedy, dance, multi-arts, music, music theatre, opera, other performing arts and theatre.

    School seasons are eligible for support under the program, provided the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.

    Applications will not be accepted from:

    • an entity without an ABN
    • an entity that cannot demonstrate that its principal place of business is in Tasmania
    • an entity seeking support towards an event or performance that will occur outside the eligible date range, or that has already occurred
    • bodies seeking support towards conferences, business events, awards events, fundraisers or eisteddfods
    • any State government body, government agency or government business enterprise
    • primary or secondary schools and colleges
    • non-arts and cultural venues
    • screen practitioners and production companies.

    If applicants are unsure about their ability to meet all aspects of the eligibility criteria they should contact Arts Tasmania.

    Grounds for claiming a guarantee may include:

    • cancellation of performances or events, or reduction of audience capacity, due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.
    • cancellation, or postponement of performances or events while cast, crew members or venue staff in Tasmania quarantine or isolate in accordance with Public Health or State Directives at the time of the scheduled performance.

    The following are not grounds for claiming a guarantee:              

    • variable ticket sales due to public sentiment around gathering and performance attendance in the time of COVID-19.
    • non-compliance with vaccine requirements.
    • audience members quarantining or isolating in accordance with or Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.
    • closures of State, Territory or National borders.
    • quarantine requirements for artists or performers visiting from interstate or overseas.

    Applicants will be required to demonstrate appropriate risk management and mitigation for performances.

    How much can I apply for?

    Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000.

    Each offer of a guarantee will include the amount of support that the applicant will be able to access if performances included in the application are subject to cancellation or significant modification due to the Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19. The letter of offer will include details on how to draw upon the guarantee.

    A significant modification is defined as an event reducing ticket sales by at least 40 per cent of the total approved venue capacity.

    The maximum amount that may be allocated to an application will be calculated at 70% of the allowable capacity of a venue and the average cost per ticket.

    Advice to successful applicants to the program will indicate the maximum amount to be paid in the case of cancellation or significant reduction in audience capacity due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.

    This amount may be less than the maximum amount determined by application of the formula as result of peer deliberations during assessment.

    If a guarantee is offered for multiple events or performances, payment will only be made for events that have been cancelled or significantly modified due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19. The amount payable may be less than the cap approved if some performances are not impacted.

    If a pre-approved event is significantly modified due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19 then a recalculation of the amount to be paid would be undertaken at that time.

  • Assessment criteria
  • Assessment criteria

    Applications will be assessed by a multi-artform peer panel against the criteria of:

    • Benefit
      • What is the value of this activity in stimulating Tasmanian confidence during COVID-19?
      • How do Tasmanian artists and artsworkers benefit from this guarantee?
    • Financial responsibility
      • Is the timeline reasonable and achievable?
      • Are the financial reports provided realistic and reasonable?
    • Planning
      • Does the application demonstrate that the event has been well planned and compliant with current public health advice?
  • How do I apply?
  • How do I apply?

    Please contact Arts Tasmania if you are unable to submit electronically.

    Help with your application

    You can discuss your application with Ashlee Davis (Manager, Grants) at Arts Tasmania before the closing date.

    Contact Ashlee on 03 6165 6666 or ashlee.davis@arts.tas.gov.au

    Other information

    Sign up for Arts Tasmania’s newsletter for funding and program announcements.

    View all programs and key dates.

    Eligibility

    Eligibility

    This initiative supports:

    • arts organisations and businesses (including sole traders and partnerships), festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues (including those owned and operated by local government enterprises) based in Tasmania, presenting performances or events that feature Tasmanian artists.

    Eligible art forms include circus, physical theatre, comedy, dance, multi-arts, music, music theatre, opera, other performing arts and theatre.

    School seasons are eligible for support under the program, provided the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.

    Applications will not be accepted from:

    • an entity without an ABN
    • an entity that cannot demonstrate that its principal place of business is in Tasmania
    • an entity seeking support towards an event or performance that will occur outside the eligible date range, or that has already occurred
    • bodies seeking support towards conferences, business events, awards events, fundraisers or eisteddfods
    • any State government body, government agency or government business enterprise
    • primary or secondary schools and colleges
    • non-arts and cultural venues
    • screen practitioners and production companies.

    If applicants are unsure about their ability to meet all aspects of the eligibility criteria they should contact Arts Tasmania.

    Grounds for claiming a guarantee may include:

    • cancellation of performances or events, or reduction of audience capacity, due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.
    • cancellation, or postponement of performances or events while cast, crew members or venue staff in Tasmania quarantine or isolate in accordance with Public Health or State Directives at the time of the scheduled performance.

    The following are not grounds for claiming a guarantee:              

    • variable ticket sales due to public sentiment around gathering and performance attendance in the time of COVID-19.
    • non-compliance with vaccine requirements.
    • audience members quarantining or isolating in accordance with or Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.
    • closures of State, Territory or National borders.
    • quarantine requirements for artists or performers visiting from interstate or overseas.

    Applicants will be required to demonstrate appropriate risk management and mitigation for performances.

    How much can I apply for?

    Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000.

    Each offer of a guarantee will include the amount of support that the applicant will be able to access if performances included in the application are subject to cancellation or significant modification due to the Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19. The letter of offer will include details on how to draw upon the guarantee.

    A significant modification is defined as an event reducing ticket sales by at least 40 per cent of the total approved venue capacity.

    The maximum amount that may be allocated to an application will be calculated at 70% of the allowable capacity of a venue and the average cost per ticket.

    Advice to successful applicants to the program will indicate the maximum amount to be paid in the case of cancellation or significant reduction in audience capacity due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19.

    This amount may be less than the maximum amount determined by application of the formula as result of peer deliberations during assessment.

    If a guarantee is offered for multiple events or performances, payment will only be made for events that have been cancelled or significantly modified due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19. The amount payable may be less than the cap approved if some performances are not impacted.

    If a pre-approved event is significantly modified due to Tasmanian Government Public Health or State Directives relating to COVID-19 then a recalculation of the amount to be paid would be undertaken at that time.

    Assessment criteria

    Assessment criteria

    Applications will be assessed by a multi-artform peer panel against the criteria of:

    • Benefit
      • What is the value of this activity in stimulating Tasmanian confidence during COVID-19?
      • How do Tasmanian artists and artsworkers benefit from this guarantee?
    • Financial responsibility
      • Is the timeline reasonable and achievable?
      • Are the financial reports provided realistic and reasonable?
    • Planning
      • Does the application demonstrate that the event has been well planned and compliant with current public health advice?

    How do I apply?

    How do I apply?

    Please contact Arts Tasmania if you are unable to submit electronically.

    Help with your application

    You can discuss your application with Ashlee Davis (Manager, Grants) at Arts Tasmania before the closing date.

    Contact Ashlee on 03 6165 6666 or ashlee.davis@arts.tas.gov.au

    Other information

    Sign up for Arts Tasmania’s newsletter for funding and program announcements.

    View all programs and key dates.