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Arts Tasmania

Arts Recovery Support Initiative

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

In the 2020-21 State Budget the government announced additional funds to support the arts.

The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is the first of a suite of programs to be delivered as part of the $2.5 million Arts and Cultural Support Fund.

Under the initiative artists, arts organisations and arts businesses may apply for up to $10 000 to cover earnings lost as a result of cancellations due to COVID-19.

With a total pool of $1 million, the Arts Recovery Support Initiative is designed to help people sustain their arts businesses and practices to ensure that Tasmania’s renowned creative industries continue to thrive and provide experiences for audiences.

Applicants may only submit one application but it may relate to multiple engagements and include multiple art forms.

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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.

Arts Recovery Support Initiative - application form

Key dates

Opens: 12 January 2021*
Closes: 15 February 2021

*Opening delayed due to technical issues.

Notification will occur in April 2021.

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    This initiative supports:

    • individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months
    • arts organisations and arts businesses based in Tasmania.

    To be eligible, applicants will need to:

    1. demonstrate a decline of at least 30 per cent in total earnings over a 12-month period compared to the same period in the previous year (total earnings should include all operating revenue including grants, income earnt, JobKeeper and other subsidies).
    2. demonstrate that they had a professional arts or cultural engagement that was scheduled to occur between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 that did not proceed due to COVID-19 suppression measures.
    3. provide evidence that the cancellation, postponement, or part payment of a contract or agreement for an artistic or cultural engagement resulted in a loss of income.
    4. have been operating since 1 January 2019.

    The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is a competitive funding initiative with limited funds. Eligible applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria.

    Applications will not be accepted from:

    • an artist, arts organisation or arts business that does not have an ABN
    • an arts organisation or arts business that cannot demonstrate that its principle place of business is in Tasmania
    • an individual who has not been resident in Tasmania for at least six of the last 12 months. All members of unincorporated groups must meet this criteria.
    • artists, arts organisations in receipt of funding through the Small Business Hardship Grants and/or Events Supplier Business Sustainability Grants
    • any business that is under external administration or bankruptcy
    • any State government body, government agency or government business enterprise
    • event organisers, suppliers or promoters (these organisations were eligible for support under the Events Supplier Small Business Sustainability Grants)
    • festivals
    • individuals employed by the Department of State Growth
    • Local Government organisations or enterprises
    • non-arts and cultural venues
    • screen practitioners and production companies
    • third-party submissions on behalf of a business owner.

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

  • Assessment criteria
  • Assessment criteria

    Applications to this initiative will be assessed against the following criteria:

    1. How COVID-19 has impacted the operations of the applicant as an artist or arts organisation.
    2. How COVID-19 has impacted the applicant financially.
    3. How funding from the Arts Recovery Support Initiative would help the applicant continue their arts practice or activities.
    4. The contribution the applicant makes to arts and culture in Tasmania (assessors may consider art forms, audience experiences, region spread).
  • How do I apply?
  • How do I apply?

    Your application must be completed online before 11:59 pm on the closing date.
    Please contact Arts Tasmania before the closing date if you are unable to submit electronically.

    Material received after the closing date will not be considered.

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

  • How much can I apply for?
  • How much can I apply for?

    Individual artists, groups, arts organisations and arts businesses may apply for up to $10 000 to cover earnings lost as a result of cancellations due to COVID-19.

    Applicants will need to provide proof of lost earnings and cancelled engagements as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the period March 2020 to 31 January 2021.

    Applicants cannot apply for more money than the lost earnings demonstrated in their financial documents.

  • FAQs
  • FAQs

    Financial

    Eligibility

    Application and assessment process

    Definitions

    Financial

    • Do I need an ABN to apply to this initiative?

    Yes. Applicants must have an ABN to apply to this initiative.

    • Do I need to be registered for GST to apply to this initiative?

    No, you do not need to be registered for GST to apply.

    If you registered for GST and your application is successful this will be reflected in the funds you receive (e.g. if you are eligible for $8 000, you will automatically receive $8 000 plus GST - $8 800).

    • Is this a grant, loan or subsidy?

    This is a grant initiative. If your application is successful, grant funds will be paid directly in to the bank account you provided in your application within 28 days of notification.

    Grants paid by Arts Tasmania may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. We suggest you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66.

    • Can I have my funds auspiced/paid to a third party?

    No. If an application is supported, the funds will be paid in to the bank account included in the application form. This bank account must be for the applicant named in the application form.

    • What does total earnings mean?

    Total earnings means all money that you or your organisation received through different means such as ticket sales, grants or payments such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker.

    You should include information relating to the earnings from your arts practice and earnings from any other engagements or employments such as teaching, hospitality etc.

    • Does the 12-month period have to be a financial year or calendar year?

    No. You can chose to report on any 12-month period after 1 March 2019 in your application (i.e. 1 October 2019 to 20 September 2020).

    You must be able to show a decline of at least 30% in total earnings over this period compared to the same period in the previous year.

    Eligibility

    • I am a member of the peer/expert register – can I (or my organisation) apply?

    Yes. All members of the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register can apply for support under this initiative as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

    • I have an outstanding acquittal with Arts Tasmania – can I still apply?

    Yes, you can apply to this one-off initiative while you have overdue acquittals – as long as you meet the eligibility guidelines.

    You will be ineligible for support under other Arts Tasmania programs until the acquittals are submitted and approved.

    • My organisation has a multi-year funding agreement with Arts Tasmania – can it still apply?

    Yes, your organisation can apply to this one-off initiative while it has a multi-year funding agreement with Arts Tasmania – as long as it meets the eligibility guidelines.

    • I am not a full time artist, can I still apply?

    If you meet the published eligibility criteria – including being able to demonstrate a reduced total earnings of 30% when compared to the previous 12 months. Remember, this should including all earnings – not just those from your arts practice.

    • I have a Pro-Am theatre company that had most of its engagements cancelled due to COVID in 2020. Is my organisation eligible?

    If your organisation meets the published eligibility criteria it will be eligible for funding.

    • · I am an actor who had work with a local theatre company cancelled due to COVID-19. Should I apply, or should the theatre company apply?

    Both the actor and theatre company can apply for support through this initiative – as long as they meet the eligibility guidelines.

    The actor could apply to cover lost earnings from a number of cancelled engagements with a number of different theatre companies and other organisations.

    Similarly the theatre company could apply to cover lost earnings for all of its impacted activities.

    • Am I eligible to apply if my arts income has reduced by 30% over the past 12 months, but I supplemented my income from other work?

    No, you would not be eligible. You must demonstrate a reduction of 30% across your total earned income when compared to the previous 12 months.

    • Can employees from the Department of State Growth apply for support under this initiative?

    No. As per the eligibility guidelines on the Arts Tasmania website, individuals employed by the Department of State Growth are not eligible for support under the Arts Recovery Support Initiative.

    • If I am supported under this initiative, can I still apply to Arts Tasmania’s other programs?

    Yes. Receiving funding from the Arts Recovery Support Initiative does not make you or your organisation ineligible for support under Arts Tasmania’s other programs.

    • I received a Small Business Hardship Grant in 2020. Am I eligible to apply for the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

    No. Anyone that received a Small Business Hardship grant or Events Supplier Business Sustainability grant is not eligible for support under this initiative. You can apply for other Arts Tasmania programs offered during the year.

    • I am an artist and lost gigs worth over $15 000 due to COVID-19. I applied for a $15 000 Small Business Hardship Grant in 2020 but was only awarded $4 000. Why aren't I eligible to apply for the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

    Anyone that received a Small Business Hardship grant or Events Supplier Business Sustainability grant is not eligible for this initiative. This support initiative was announced later specifically for artists who were not eligible for other recovery programs.

    You can apply for other Arts Tasmania programs offered during the year.

    • I had a project that changed direction due to COVID-19 – can I apply for the loss of earnings of the original gig?

    No, you can only apply for engagements where you have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • I am a member of a band. Do I apply as an individual artist or as an unincorporated group?

    You will need to make that decision and consider your loss of income as an individual artist compared to the loss of income for your band .

    You can only apply once to the initiative - either as a member of a group or as an individual artist.

    Application and assessment process

    • Can you look at my financial / legal documents and let me know if they are correct?

    No. Arts Tasmania staff are unable to comment on the quality or validity of your financial or legal documents, and cannot provide advice on draft applications. We suggest that you run your draft application past a friend or colleague for advice before submitting.

    You can also contact the Arts Law Centre of Australia to learn more about contracts and other relevant legal documents.

    • Will peers from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register be looking at my financial documents?

    No. Only staff of the Department of State Growth and contractors with financial expertise will review the financial information provided by applicants to check eligibility.

    • I received offers for gigs via Facebook messenger and e-mail. Does this still count?

    Contracts and agreements may not always have to be signed documents. You should check with the Arts Law Centre of Australia to see if your offers meet the definition of an agreement.

    Supporting documentation should be included in the application to show that you meet the published eligibility criteria. You can learn more about acceptable forms of support material by reading the application form.

    • Is there a limit to how much supporting material I can provide?

    No but less is more. It is recommended that you provide profit and loss statements generated from accounting software or income tax return statements.

    If you can’t provide these documents, you can create an Excel spreadsheet or a similar document that outlines each source of income and includes the total earned income for the period in question. This document should be supported by other attachments like payslips or bank statements.

    Definitions

    • What is a non-arts and cultural venue?

    A non-arts and cultural venue might be a pub, a sporting venue, etc.

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    This initiative supports:

    • individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months
    • arts organisations and arts businesses based in Tasmania.

    To be eligible, applicants will need to:

    1. demonstrate a decline of at least 30 per cent in total earnings over a 12-month period compared to the same period in the previous year (total earnings should include all operating revenue including grants, income earnt, JobKeeper and other subsidies).
    2. demonstrate that they had a professional arts or cultural engagement that was scheduled to occur between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 that did not proceed due to COVID-19 suppression measures.
    3. provide evidence that the cancellation, postponement, or part payment of a contract or agreement for an artistic or cultural engagement resulted in a loss of income.
    4. have been operating since 1 January 2019.

    The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is a competitive funding initiative with limited funds. Eligible applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria.

    Applications will not be accepted from:

    • an artist, arts organisation or arts business that does not have an ABN
    • an arts organisation or arts business that cannot demonstrate that its principle place of business is in Tasmania
    • an individual who has not been resident in Tasmania for at least six of the last 12 months. All members of unincorporated groups must meet this criteria.
    • artists, arts organisations in receipt of funding through the Small Business Hardship Grants and/or Events Supplier Business Sustainability Grants
    • any business that is under external administration or bankruptcy
    • any State government body, government agency or government business enterprise
    • event organisers, suppliers or promoters (these organisations were eligible for support under the Events Supplier Small Business Sustainability Grants)
    • festivals
    • individuals employed by the Department of State Growth
    • Local Government organisations or enterprises
    • non-arts and cultural venues
    • screen practitioners and production companies
    • third-party submissions on behalf of a business owner.

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

  • Assessment criteria
  • Assessment criteria

    Applications to this initiative will be assessed against the following criteria:

    1. How COVID-19 has impacted the operations of the applicant as an artist or arts organisation.
    2. How COVID-19 has impacted the applicant financially.
    3. How funding from the Arts Recovery Support Initiative would help the applicant continue their arts practice or activities.
    4. The contribution the applicant makes to arts and culture in Tasmania (assessors may consider art forms, audience experiences, region spread).
  • How do I apply?
  • How do I apply?

    Your application must be completed online before 11:59 pm on the closing date.
    Please contact Arts Tasmania before the closing date if you are unable to submit electronically.

    Material received after the closing date will not be considered.

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

  • How much can I apply for?
  • How much can I apply for?

    Individual artists, groups, arts organisations and arts businesses may apply for up to $10 000 to cover earnings lost as a result of cancellations due to COVID-19.

    Applicants will need to provide proof of lost earnings and cancelled engagements as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the period March 2020 to 31 January 2021.

    Applicants cannot apply for more money than the lost earnings demonstrated in their financial documents.

  • FAQs
  • FAQs

    Financial

    Eligibility

    Application and assessment process

    Definitions

    Financial

    • Do I need an ABN to apply to this initiative?

    Yes. Applicants must have an ABN to apply to this initiative.

    • Do I need to be registered for GST to apply to this initiative?

    No, you do not need to be registered for GST to apply.

    If you registered for GST and your application is successful this will be reflected in the funds you receive (e.g. if you are eligible for $8 000, you will automatically receive $8 000 plus GST - $8 800).

    • Is this a grant, loan or subsidy?

    This is a grant initiative. If your application is successful, grant funds will be paid directly in to the bank account you provided in your application within 28 days of notification.

    Grants paid by Arts Tasmania may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. We suggest you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66.

    • Can I have my funds auspiced/paid to a third party?

    No. If an application is supported, the funds will be paid in to the bank account included in the application form. This bank account must be for the applicant named in the application form.

    • What does total earnings mean?

    Total earnings means all money that you or your organisation received through different means such as ticket sales, grants or payments such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker.

    You should include information relating to the earnings from your arts practice and earnings from any other engagements or employments such as teaching, hospitality etc.

    • Does the 12-month period have to be a financial year or calendar year?

    No. You can chose to report on any 12-month period after 1 March 2019 in your application (i.e. 1 October 2019 to 20 September 2020).

    You must be able to show a decline of at least 30% in total earnings over this period compared to the same period in the previous year.

    Eligibility

    • I am a member of the peer/expert register – can I (or my organisation) apply?

    Yes. All members of the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register can apply for support under this initiative as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

    • I have an outstanding acquittal with Arts Tasmania – can I still apply?

    Yes, you can apply to this one-off initiative while you have overdue acquittals – as long as you meet the eligibility guidelines.

    You will be ineligible for support under other Arts Tasmania programs until the acquittals are submitted and approved.

    • My organisation has a multi-year funding agreement with Arts Tasmania – can it still apply?

    Yes, your organisation can apply to this one-off initiative while it has a multi-year funding agreement with Arts Tasmania – as long as it meets the eligibility guidelines.

    • I am not a full time artist, can I still apply?

    If you meet the published eligibility criteria – including being able to demonstrate a reduced total earnings of 30% when compared to the previous 12 months. Remember, this should including all earnings – not just those from your arts practice.

    • I have a Pro-Am theatre company that had most of its engagements cancelled due to COVID in 2020. Is my organisation eligible?

    If your organisation meets the published eligibility criteria it will be eligible for funding.

    • · I am an actor who had work with a local theatre company cancelled due to COVID-19. Should I apply, or should the theatre company apply?

    Both the actor and theatre company can apply for support through this initiative – as long as they meet the eligibility guidelines.

    The actor could apply to cover lost earnings from a number of cancelled engagements with a number of different theatre companies and other organisations.

    Similarly the theatre company could apply to cover lost earnings for all of its impacted activities.

    • Am I eligible to apply if my arts income has reduced by 30% over the past 12 months, but I supplemented my income from other work?

    No, you would not be eligible. You must demonstrate a reduction of 30% across your total earned income when compared to the previous 12 months.

    • Can employees from the Department of State Growth apply for support under this initiative?

    No. As per the eligibility guidelines on the Arts Tasmania website, individuals employed by the Department of State Growth are not eligible for support under the Arts Recovery Support Initiative.

    • If I am supported under this initiative, can I still apply to Arts Tasmania’s other programs?

    Yes. Receiving funding from the Arts Recovery Support Initiative does not make you or your organisation ineligible for support under Arts Tasmania’s other programs.

    • I received a Small Business Hardship Grant in 2020. Am I eligible to apply for the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

    No. Anyone that received a Small Business Hardship grant or Events Supplier Business Sustainability grant is not eligible for support under this initiative. You can apply for other Arts Tasmania programs offered during the year.

    • I am an artist and lost gigs worth over $15 000 due to COVID-19. I applied for a $15 000 Small Business Hardship Grant in 2020 but was only awarded $4 000. Why aren't I eligible to apply for the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

    Anyone that received a Small Business Hardship grant or Events Supplier Business Sustainability grant is not eligible for this initiative. This support initiative was announced later specifically for artists who were not eligible for other recovery programs.

    You can apply for other Arts Tasmania programs offered during the year.

    • I had a project that changed direction due to COVID-19 – can I apply for the loss of earnings of the original gig?

    No, you can only apply for engagements where you have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • I am a member of a band. Do I apply as an individual artist or as an unincorporated group?

    You will need to make that decision and consider your loss of income as an individual artist compared to the loss of income for your band .

    You can only apply once to the initiative - either as a member of a group or as an individual artist.

    Application and assessment process

    • Can you look at my financial / legal documents and let me know if they are correct?

    No. Arts Tasmania staff are unable to comment on the quality or validity of your financial or legal documents, and cannot provide advice on draft applications. We suggest that you run your draft application past a friend or colleague for advice before submitting.

    You can also contact the Arts Law Centre of Australia to learn more about contracts and other relevant legal documents.

    • Will peers from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register be looking at my financial documents?

    No. Only staff of the Department of State Growth and contractors with financial expertise will review the financial information provided by applicants to check eligibility.

    • I received offers for gigs via Facebook messenger and e-mail. Does this still count?

    Contracts and agreements may not always have to be signed documents. You should check with the Arts Law Centre of Australia to see if your offers meet the definition of an agreement.

    Supporting documentation should be included in the application to show that you meet the published eligibility criteria. You can learn more about acceptable forms of support material by reading the application form.

    • Is there a limit to how much supporting material I can provide?

    No but less is more. It is recommended that you provide profit and loss statements generated from accounting software or income tax return statements.

    If you can’t provide these documents, you can create an Excel spreadsheet or a similar document that outlines each source of income and includes the total earned income for the period in question. This document should be supported by other attachments like payslips or bank statements.

    Definitions

    • What is a non-arts and cultural venue?

    A non-arts and cultural venue might be a pub, a sporting venue, etc.

    Eligibility

    Eligibility

    This initiative supports:

    • individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months
    • arts organisations and arts businesses based in Tasmania.

    To be eligible, applicants will need to:

    1. demonstrate a decline of at least 30 per cent in total earnings over a 12-month period compared to the same period in the previous year (total earnings should include all operating revenue including grants, income earnt, JobKeeper and other subsidies).
    2. demonstrate that they had a professional arts or cultural engagement that was scheduled to occur between 1 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 that did not proceed due to COVID-19 suppression measures.
    3. provide evidence that the cancellation, postponement, or part payment of a contract or agreement for an artistic or cultural engagement resulted in a loss of income.
    4. have been operating since 1 January 2019.

    The Arts Recovery Support Initiative is a competitive funding initiative with limited funds. Eligible applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria.

    Applications will not be accepted from:

    • an artist, arts organisation or arts business that does not have an ABN
    • an arts organisation or arts business that cannot demonstrate that its principle place of business is in Tasmania
    • an individual who has not been resident in Tasmania for at least six of the last 12 months. All members of unincorporated groups must meet this criteria.
    • artists, arts organisations in receipt of funding through the Small Business Hardship Grants and/or Events Supplier Business Sustainability Grants
    • any business that is under external administration or bankruptcy
    • any State government body, government agency or government business enterprise
    • event organisers, suppliers or promoters (these organisations were eligible for support under the Events Supplier Small Business Sustainability Grants)
    • festivals
    • individuals employed by the Department of State Growth
    • Local Government organisations or enterprises
    • non-arts and cultural venues
    • screen practitioners and production companies
    • third-party submissions on behalf of a business owner.

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

    Assessment criteria

    Assessment criteria

    Applications to this initiative will be assessed against the following criteria:

    1. How COVID-19 has impacted the operations of the applicant as an artist or arts organisation.
    2. How COVID-19 has impacted the applicant financially.
    3. How funding from the Arts Recovery Support Initiative would help the applicant continue their arts practice or activities.
    4. The contribution the applicant makes to arts and culture in Tasmania (assessors may consider art forms, audience experiences, region spread).

    How do I apply?

    How do I apply?

    Your application must be completed online before 11:59 pm on the closing date.
    Please contact Arts Tasmania before the closing date if you are unable to submit electronically.

    Material received after the closing date will not be considered.

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

    How much can I apply for?

    How much can I apply for?

    Individual artists, groups, arts organisations and arts businesses may apply for up to $10 000 to cover earnings lost as a result of cancellations due to COVID-19.

    Applicants will need to provide proof of lost earnings and cancelled engagements as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in the period March 2020 to 31 January 2021.

    Applicants cannot apply for more money than the lost earnings demonstrated in their financial documents.

    FAQs

    FAQs

    Financial

    Eligibility

    Application and assessment process

    Definitions

    Financial

    • Do I need an ABN to apply to this initiative?

    Yes. Applicants must have an ABN to apply to this initiative.

    • Do I need to be registered for GST to apply to this initiative?

    No, you do not need to be registered for GST to apply.

    If you registered for GST and your application is successful this will be reflected in the funds you receive (e.g. if you are eligible for $8 000, you will automatically receive $8 000 plus GST - $8 800).

    • Is this a grant, loan or subsidy?

    This is a grant initiative. If your application is successful, grant funds will be paid directly in to the bank account you provided in your application within 28 days of notification.

    Grants paid by Arts Tasmania may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. We suggest you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66.

    • Can I have my funds auspiced/paid to a third party?

    No. If an application is supported, the funds will be paid in to the bank account included in the application form. This bank account must be for the applicant named in the application form.

    • What does total earnings mean?

    Total earnings means all money that you or your organisation received through different means such as ticket sales, grants or payments such as JobKeeper or JobSeeker.

    You should include information relating to the earnings from your arts practice and earnings from any other engagements or employments such as teaching, hospitality etc.

    • Does the 12-month period have to be a financial year or calendar year?

    No. You can chose to report on any 12-month period after 1 March 2019 in your application (i.e. 1 October 2019 to 20 September 2020).

    You must be able to show a decline of at least 30% in total earnings over this period compared to the same period in the previous year.

    Eligibility

    • I am a member of the peer/expert register – can I (or my organisation) apply?

    Yes. All members of the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register can apply for support under this initiative as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

    • I have an outstanding acquittal with Arts Tasmania – can I still apply?

    Yes, you can apply to this one-off initiative while you have overdue acquittals – as long as you meet the eligibility guidelines.

    You will be ineligible for support under other Arts Tasmania programs until the acquittals are submitted and approved.

    • My organisation has a multi-year funding agreement with Arts Tasmania – can it still apply?

    Yes, your organisation can apply to this one-off initiative while it has a multi-year funding agreement with Arts Tasmania – as long as it meets the eligibility guidelines.

    • I am not a full time artist, can I still apply?

    If you meet the published eligibility criteria – including being able to demonstrate a reduced total earnings of 30% when compared to the previous 12 months. Remember, this should including all earnings – not just those from your arts practice.

    • I have a Pro-Am theatre company that had most of its engagements cancelled due to COVID in 2020. Is my organisation eligible?

    If your organisation meets the published eligibility criteria it will be eligible for funding.

    • · I am an actor who had work with a local theatre company cancelled due to COVID-19. Should I apply, or should the theatre company apply?

    Both the actor and theatre company can apply for support through this initiative – as long as they meet the eligibility guidelines.

    The actor could apply to cover lost earnings from a number of cancelled engagements with a number of different theatre companies and other organisations.

    Similarly the theatre company could apply to cover lost earnings for all of its impacted activities.

    • Am I eligible to apply if my arts income has reduced by 30% over the past 12 months, but I supplemented my income from other work?

    No, you would not be eligible. You must demonstrate a reduction of 30% across your total earned income when compared to the previous 12 months.

    • Can employees from the Department of State Growth apply for support under this initiative?

    No. As per the eligibility guidelines on the Arts Tasmania website, individuals employed by the Department of State Growth are not eligible for support under the Arts Recovery Support Initiative.

    • If I am supported under this initiative, can I still apply to Arts Tasmania’s other programs?

    Yes. Receiving funding from the Arts Recovery Support Initiative does not make you or your organisation ineligible for support under Arts Tasmania’s other programs.

    • I received a Small Business Hardship Grant in 2020. Am I eligible to apply for the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

    No. Anyone that received a Small Business Hardship grant or Events Supplier Business Sustainability grant is not eligible for support under this initiative. You can apply for other Arts Tasmania programs offered during the year.

    • I am an artist and lost gigs worth over $15 000 due to COVID-19. I applied for a $15 000 Small Business Hardship Grant in 2020 but was only awarded $4 000. Why aren't I eligible to apply for the Arts Recovery Support Initiative?

    Anyone that received a Small Business Hardship grant or Events Supplier Business Sustainability grant is not eligible for this initiative. This support initiative was announced later specifically for artists who were not eligible for other recovery programs.

    You can apply for other Arts Tasmania programs offered during the year.

    • I had a project that changed direction due to COVID-19 – can I apply for the loss of earnings of the original gig?

    No, you can only apply for engagements where you have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • I am a member of a band. Do I apply as an individual artist or as an unincorporated group?

    You will need to make that decision and consider your loss of income as an individual artist compared to the loss of income for your band .

    You can only apply once to the initiative - either as a member of a group or as an individual artist.

    Application and assessment process

    • Can you look at my financial / legal documents and let me know if they are correct?

    No. Arts Tasmania staff are unable to comment on the quality or validity of your financial or legal documents, and cannot provide advice on draft applications. We suggest that you run your draft application past a friend or colleague for advice before submitting.

    You can also contact the Arts Law Centre of Australia to learn more about contracts and other relevant legal documents.

    • Will peers from the Cultural and Creative Industries Expert Register be looking at my financial documents?

    No. Only staff of the Department of State Growth and contractors with financial expertise will review the financial information provided by applicants to check eligibility.

    • I received offers for gigs via Facebook messenger and e-mail. Does this still count?

    Contracts and agreements may not always have to be signed documents. You should check with the Arts Law Centre of Australia to see if your offers meet the definition of an agreement.

    Supporting documentation should be included in the application to show that you meet the published eligibility criteria. You can learn more about acceptable forms of support material by reading the application form.

    • Is there a limit to how much supporting material I can provide?

    No but less is more. It is recommended that you provide profit and loss statements generated from accounting software or income tax return statements.

    If you can’t provide these documents, you can create an Excel spreadsheet or a similar document that outlines each source of income and includes the total earned income for the period in question. This document should be supported by other attachments like payslips or bank statements.

    Definitions

    • What is a non-arts and cultural venue?

    A non-arts and cultural venue might be a pub, a sporting venue, etc.

    Help with your application

    You can discuss your application with a member of Arts Tasmania’s grants team before the closing date.

    Contact the grants team on 03 6165 6666 or grants@arts.tas.gov.au

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