The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is now launched.

Posted 7 May 2020

The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative is now launched.

The initiative seeks to support the continued work of Victoria’s independent creative practitioners who have been negatively impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Delivering quick-response funding to professional independent creatives from practitioners, to sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

The aim of the funding is to support creatives, across all creative disciplines, to continue to work in their creative field, adapt to change, research and develop projects, develop their product or skills, and/or connect with new audiences or markets.

The program will be delivered state-wide and in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Access Victoria.


Victorian-based independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers and creative micro organisations/businesses, with at least five years of professional experience.

Applications for the funding are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines including, but not limited to, visual arts/craft, literature, contemporary dance/physical performance, community creative practice, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theatre, fashion, design, screen and digital games, multidisciplinary and experimental work.

Sustaining Creative Workers has four streams.

Stream 1: First Peoples creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.

Stream 2: Metro and Outer Metro Melbourne creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes.

Stream 3: Deaf and Disabled creatives/artists and arts workers or disability-led micro organisations/businesses from across Victoria.

Stream 4: Regional Victorian creatives/artists, micro organisations/businesses (with the exception of the groups above) with a minimum track record of 5 years in professional public outcomes. Note – applications for this stream must be submitted through Regional Arts Victoria.

For Stream 4, applicant’s postcode must reflect their residence or location of the organisation/business in one of the  48 local government area classified as ‘regional’ by the Victorian State Government. You can find a list of these local government areas here. Please contact Regional Arts Victoria if you are uncertain.

To find out further information visit: SUSTAINING CREATIVE WORKERS INITIATIVE

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