Arts and Creative Sector COVID-19 Support

Our local arts and creative sector is one of the most prominent and active in the country. We recognise the challenges the sector is currently facing. In response, we’re working to adjust our programs and provide critical support to our local sector during COVID-19.

We’ll regularly update this page to provide a central hub for you to access a range of updates, resources, information and opportunities specific to our local sector.

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Arts Moreland Programs and Grants


Flourish Arts Recovery Grants

Applications are now open for our arts assistance package created in response to COVID-19. Moreland based artists and arts organisations may be eligible for grants up to $5000 (individuals) and $10000 (organisations). Close midnight, Sunday 9 August.

Melbourne Fringe - Moreland City Council Microgrants

Applications are now open for a number of microgrants to cover registration fees for selected Melbourne Fringe artists living, or presenting their 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival show in the Moreland Local Government Area. Close 10am, Friday 7 August.

Counihan Gallery in Brunswick - Call for exhibition proposals 2021

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for projects that can be developed and achieved in the next year. Close 5 pm, Friday 31 July. Note: The Counihan Gallery is currently closed in response to the Victorian Government's decision to reinstate Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne. 

Making it in Moreland 
FREE (registrations essential)

Our annual arts professional development program has been adjusted to directly respond to support the local sector through COVID-19. Presented in three parts online, the program will focus on survival, adaptation and recovery.

View full program details and register here.

Brunswick Music Festival 2020

We have a long history and are well known for our strong support of the arts. Unfortunately, the Brunswick Music Festival was cancelled part way through due to Government imposed COVID-19 directives.

We acknowledge the work that artists do behind the scenes in writing, rehearsing and promoting their performances, in addition to the live performance and wanted to ensure that this work was remunerated. Therefore, Council has committed to paying all artists and contractors whose shows were cancelled.

Paying these fees directly supports the artists and venues that make Brunswick Music Festival possible and is within our 2019/2020 budget. 

MoreArt 2020

MoreArt: Monument to Now has been postponed. Commissioned artists are still developing works for the annual exhibition of public art that will be held at a later day. We will be profiling some of them on our Facebook page here during May. 


Financial Support

A range of opportunities and programs have been established to assist artists and the broader sector during COVID-19. We will continue to update this as more information becomes available.

Victorian Live Music Venues Program

The Victorian Live Music Venues Program will be open to venues across Victoria with a capacity of 50 to 1,200 people. It will support venues that have a solid reputation for presenting original live music and demonstrate best practice in business operations. Open from 16 July - 5pm 6 August.

Victorian Government Business Support Fund

Grants of $10,000 to help small businesses survive and keep people in work. To be eligible, businesses must be highly impacted by coronavirus; employ people; have a turnover of more than $75,000; have payroll of less than $650,000; hold an ABN; and have been operating in Victoria on 16 March.

The fund is focused on business in sectors that have been hardest hit by the shutdown restrictions, including arts and entertainment.

Contact the Business Victoria hotline (13 22 15) for information and assistance about accessing this program.

Inner North Community Foundation - COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Provides up to $1,500 for projects that respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) - Artists' Benevolent Fund

One of financial assistance for visual artists facing crisis, including COVID-19.

Theatre Network Australia - 1000 x 1000 Crisis Cash for Artists

A one-off emergency payment to support independent artists in the performing arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net.


COVID-19 Arts Sector General Resources

A range of measures have been put in place by key arts organisations to assist artists and arts workers impacted by COVID-19. Here’s a snapshot we’d recommend you take a look at if you’ve been affected.

Australian Government
For the Federal Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus

Australia Council
For the latest details on relief and advice from the national arts body

Creative Victoria
For latest updates from the state creative industries body

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)
Comprehensive advice and resources for visual artists and arts workers

Victorian Music Development Office
For a comprehensive list of resources for the music industry

Multicultural Arts Victoria
Updates for artists and arts workers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Auspicious Arts
A comprehensive list of resources for independent arts

Support Act
Advice and support for artists, roadies and the music industry plus information on the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

I Lost My Gig
Collecting real time data on the economic impact of COVID-19 on the arts and entertainment sector. Assistance has been extended beyond the music industry to include affected within the arts sector.


Health and Wellbeing 

Be Kind Moreland

A health and wellbeing resource specific to the Moreland Community. It offers support to stay home, healthy and connected during COVID-19.

Arts Wellness Collective

Promoting postive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts industry.


Arts Moreland Digital Channels

During COVID-19 the Arts Moreland media channels including Facebook and Arts Moreland e-news are being used to profile stories, online events and opportunities by our local sector. We’re looking across the disciplinary spectrum to find great examples of how artists and organisations based in Moreland are adapting to present or develop work.We’d also love to hear about any opportunities that our arts and creative sector may be eligible for.

You can submit the following to

  • A short description of what you’re doing
  • A link to your work or event that contains key information
  • An image (1080 px h x 1080 px w)

Content will be selected subject to availability and curatorial guidelines.


Providing philanthropic support to the Arts Sector

If you have capacity or desire to support workers in the arts sector philanthropically, you can find more information through the following examples.

Support Act - COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

Directly supporting the music industry, the organisation is seeking donations to provide crisis relief and mental health support services to artists, crew and music workers directly impacted by COVID-19.

Theatre Network Australia - 1000 x 1000 Appeal

The national body for performing arts is seeking donations to support workers directly impacted by COVID-19 and have no financial safety net.

General Support and Assistance

If you have any questions or need further advice, the Arts Moreland team are available to assist or direct your queries to relevant organisations. You can contact us on 9240 1111 or by email