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Cultural and Tourism Development

Arts Tasmania COVID-19 update

Additional support for the arts and cultural sector announced in the 2020-21 Tasmanian Budget

The Tasmanian Government recognises that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many Tasmanian artists and arts organisations.

As part of its plan to rebuild a stronger Tasmania that includes strong and vibrant cultural and creative industries, the Tasmanian Government announced an additional $4 million in the 2020-21 State Budget to support the arts.

This included:

  • $2.5 million over two years for a new Arts and Cultural Support Fund. This fund is made up of grants to support performers and artists to bounce back and produce new work.
  • $1 million over two years to support a new program of Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) to deliver long-term improvements in social health and wellbeing through partnerships between the arts and community sectors
  • $500 000 over two years additional funding to Screen Tasmania’s Screen Innovation Fund.

The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is the first in a suite of programs to be delivered as part of the Arts and Cultural Support Fund. This one-off initiative will provide funds to artists, arts organisations and arts businesses that have lost earnings as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is designed to help sustain Tasmanian artists, arts organisations and arts businesses to ensure that Tasmania’s arts and cultural sector is strong and vibrant.

The other initiatives supported by these additional funds will be added to the Arts Tasmania website as they are finalised.