The Australia Council for the arts has announced a new fund, the ‘Re-imagine: sector recovery initiatives’ fund. Supported by the Sidney Myer Fund, the new funding acknowledges “the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries”.

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“This investment will support Australia’s cultural and creative industries to re-imagine practice and operations and provide the needed resources and time to test ideas and models for a more resilient, equitable and thriving future,” said Jade Lillie, Head of Sector Development at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Two streams of funding will be available. The Cultural and Creative Solutions stream provides funding of up to $50,000 for individual artists, groups and organisations to re-imagine practice and operations in the wake of the pandemic. “This funding stream will invest in ideas and opportunities that create cultural equity, social inclusion and sustainable business models and careers for artists and cultural and creative workers,” Lillie said.

The funding can be used for activities including undertaking research, exploring new ways of doing business, producing, presenting or reaching audiences, as well as market development.