18/03/2020

Arts South Australia is working with the arts and cultural sector to reduce the impact of disruptions due to the coronavirus.

The government has declared a public health emergency in relation to the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is an unprecedented and challenging situation for the arts and cultural sector, and creative industries, in South Australia.

The South Australian Government is committed to working with the sector on practical measures to reduce the impact of the inevitable disruptions that will occur in the coming weeks and months.

A special national Meeting of Cultural Ministers is being held on Thursday 19 March 2020, where challenges posed for the sector and responses at a national level will be discussed.

Arts South Australia aims to keep arts organisations informed about key developments and assist with preparation and adjustments to manage business disruption. We will work closely with funded organisations to understand the particular impacts for them.

A package of support measures for organisations is currently being developed. We are considering initiatives such as re-profiling of KPIs around program deliverables and relaxed reporting requirements. Financial support measures are also being explored. We are engaging with the Commonwealth about support that will become available.

Similarly, for individuals who have recently been awarded a grant, we will work with recipients to approve postponement of activity or a revised funding purpose which enables them to continue with their practice. Please be assured that our aim is to support artists through this challenging time and avoid any return of funds.

Arts South Australia will provide regular updates to the sector as new information comes to hand over the coming weeks, including support measures, and sharing new ideas and approaches.