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Arts & Communications Grants

Support Act

The charity, Support Act, has $10 million to provide immediate crisis relief to artists, crew and music and live performance workers who have lost employment or are experiencing hardship following the cancellation of gigs, music festivals and other performances across the country.  For funding from Support Act, please click here.

Free, confidential counselling support is available for individuals in the music or performing arts industries through Support Act on 1300 731 303 or by contacting their Wellbeing Helpline on 1800 959 500. For more information visit the Support Act website.

If you are experiencing a personal crisis, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.

 

RISE - Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund (GO4286)

The RISE Fund will provide $75 million worth of funding assistance for cultural and creative organisations seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities and events including festivals, concerts and tours.

To be eligible, organisations must have, as their primary purpose, the arts and entertainment.

RISE will provide various grants for varying amounts between $75,000 to $2 million.

The maximum grant period for the activity is two years, from the date of execution of the funding agreement. Funding is available in the 2020-21 financial year only.

RISE will work in conjunction with a new $35 million Arts Sustainability fund, which will help arts organisations who are key employers of Australian artists and art workers.

The objectives of RISE are to:

  • assist companies in the arts and entertainment sector to present new or re-imagined activities which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 restrictions
  • deliver new activities, opportunities and structural adjustments that have been developed in response to the COVID-19 restrictions, including innovative ways to deliver content and productions
  • provide increased employment opportunities in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • generate increased economic activity in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • help build the longer-term financial sustainability of cultural and creative companies, including increased revenue and earning capacity
  • provide creative and cultural experiences to audiences across Australia.

Eligible activities are those that support cultural and creative events or activities that, in the absence of this funding, would be substantially less likely to proceed (due to constrained availability of funding to the applicant as a consequence of COVID-19), including:

  • Cultural and creative events or activities, including innovative ways to deliver performances, exhibitions, tours and online delivery
  • Cultural and creative programming and promotion
  • Festivals
  • Purchasing or leasing essential equipment for events, such as sound or lighting equipment
  • Development of COVID-safe infrastructure and protocols
  • Community outreach activities such as workshops
  • Capacity-building activities that link to the objectives and outcomes of the program, supporting support an organisation to build long-term financial sustainability.

Closes 31 May 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.

Please note, those who were unsuccessful in the first round of this grant (a pool of $60 million) have until 14 January 2021 to reapply (for a pool of $15 million).  If you were unsuccessful, you have the opportunity to consult over the phone with the RISE team to see where you lost points in your original application so that you can amend it.  You need to ask for feedback within four weeks of being advised of the outcome, by contacting RISE@arts.gov.au

 

COVID 19 Arts Sustainability Fund (GO4287)

The COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund aims to provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government-funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position.

The program provides the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID-19. This will support the employment of workers (including in interdependent industries such as hospitality, retail, accommodation, transport and freight) and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

The intended outcomes are:

• significant Commonwealth-funded performing arts and culture organisations remain solvent; and

• Australian communities continue to benefit from the work of significant Commonwealth-funded organisations as the key employers of Australian artists and art workers, leading presenters of high-quality work, and as the trainers of Australia’s upcoming performing artists.

Closes 31 May 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Show Starter Loan Scheme

The Show Starter Loan Scheme will support up to $90 million of lending to eligible existing arts and entertainment entities that have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Under the Scheme, the Federal Government is guaranteeing 100% of new loans taken out by eligible arts and entertainment businesses to deliver new productions or events for a live audience. Loans are provided by participating lenders.

For more information, please click here.

 

Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

Under this grant there are two funding streams available:

1. Cultural and Creative Solutions

  • Seeks to supports artists and organisations to re-imagine practice and operations in light of COVID-19 impacts.
  • This 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.
  • Grants of up to $50,000 are available.

2. Industry Collaborations

  • Seeks to supports future-focused, cross-industry collaborations across and beyond the cultural and creative industries.
  • This stream will invest in strategic cross-industry collaborations that explore new models of development and delivery.
  • Grants of up to $100,000 are available.

A total funding pool of $2 million is available

Eligible activities include:

  • Action research: Undertaking research, producing knowledge, sharing information sharing, critical reflection.
  • Transformation models: Exploring new ways of doing business, producing, presenting, or reaching new audiences.
  • Market development: Gathering and sharing market intelligence, peer-to-peer exchange, partnerships and collaboration, expanding audiences and networks.
  • Cross-industry collaborations: Across cultural, creative and other industries to build future pathways and ways of working. (For Industry Collaborations only)
  • Collaborations: Building future pathways and ways of working. (For Cultural and Creative Solutions only)
  • Future-proofing: Re-imagining future practice and operations. (For Cultural and Creative Solutions only)

Closes 23 February 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Live Music Australia - Round 2 (GO4553)

The Live Music Australia program will provide support to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, towns and regions across the country, building capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots, in all parts of Australia. The first year of funding is aimed at preparing live music venues to become operational following the impacts of COVID-19 on the industry.

The program will:

• support the development, growth and innovation of Australian contemporary live music by increasing performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australian artists

• support a sustainable venue-based live music industry by building professional capacity within venues

• support partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.

Grants will be $5,000 to $100,000, with a total grant amount of $2.5m.

Closes 18 February 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Screen Australia

Screen Australia recently announced $8.5 million in production funding for 10 new projects, which will generate over $50 million of production expenditure, and more projects have been approved that are yet to be announced. The latest funding round for scripted drama has closed but there was a large volume of applications.

The Premium Plus Story Development fund is now open, as are Generate Development applications.

In addition, the Federal Government has announced $75 million in support for the arts during COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 from Screen Australia, please click here.

 

Festivals, Events and Awards (Marketing Support)

Screen Australia will contribute to the promotional budget for eligible events generally up to $20,000 for feature films and television series and $10,000 for short films.

The level of funding will be determined by a film’s individual international marketing strategy as evidenced by a comprehensive plan and budget, produced by either the sales agent or producer. Festival screenings must be the title’s world or international premiere.

Screen Australia funding may contribute towards the marketing budget for:

  • Publicist fees
  • Subtitling
  • Attendance by the director or producer (supported by a clear plan to be implemented at the event)
  • Attendance by high profile Australian cast on the red carpet at gala festival screenings, e.g. films in competition or significant programs (an associated publicity schedule will be required)
  • Mandatory materials required by the festivals
  • Attendance by the writer may be considered where there are clear benefits.

Whilst there are hundreds of international film festivals, this program can only support titles invited to the most prestigious industry acknowledged events.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Infrastructure Grants

The next grant round opens on Monday, 1 February 2021.

Infrastructure Grants can be used toward the costs of construction, alteration, renovation, completion and fit-out of buildings and community infrastructure in the following categories:

•Arts & Culture: $50,000 to $200,000 available per project
•Community Infrastructure: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
•Disaster Readiness: $10,000 to $200,000 available per project
•Sport & Recreation: $50,000 to $300,000 available per project

There will be an information webinar on Friday, 29 January 2021 – 2:30pm to 4pm

Register to attend the webinar by CLICKING HERE.

Closes 22 February 2021

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Online Production Grant

This grant invests in the production of scripted projects that take risks and push the envelope of fiction storytelling.

Typical examples are risk-taking comedy or dramatic projects distributed on any platform including television, online web series, feature film, Augmented and Virtual Reality, tablet, mobile and PC based distribution.

This fund is aimed at lower-budget productions which may present talent development or project development opportunities. It values these benefits ahead of commercial gain, so it is expected that above-the-line fees and company overheads are budgeted modestly in accordance with those aims.

The fund is well suited to projects that include strong and compelling social media components to engage audiences.

Applications may be for any amount up to $500,000 per project. For a project utilising multiple platforms, this includes all components.

Budgets greater than $16,500 per minute will be at the upper limit of the fund’s scope and will need to be justified.

The level of Screen Australia’s funding commitment will be determined by the decision making process and the total demand on available funds.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Industry Partnerships Grant

Screen Australia is offering a limited number of partnerships with industry organisations in order to deliver activities that will significantly benefit the Australian screen industry in one-off domestic events or initiatives. 

The aim is to create opportunities through new, original and inclusive approaches to the industry that will expand networks and grow the Australian industry. 

Screen Australia will consider funding a portion of the total budget up to a cap of $30,000 per activity/activities conducted by an organization over the financial year. 

Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for Screen Australia funding in the Terms of Trade. In addition:

  • The activity must be new, original and inclusive
  • Funds cannot be provided retrospectively

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Documentary Development Program

This program seeks to assist documentary makers in achieving planned outcomes for the development of their projects. It primarily supports one-off and series documentaries, including online and VR.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available.

Eligible activities include:

  • Further research
  • Writing the next draft of a script or treatment
  • Strategic shooting and/or editing to attract marketplace development or production finance
  • Compiling a sizzle reel

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

This grant supports the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. This quick response grant mechanism offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects.

Eligible activities include projects that must be clearly defined as arts and cultural activities.  The project must start at least three weeks after the date the application is submitted.

This grant is for individuals rather than organisations.

Closes 30 June 2021

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General Drama Production

This program seeks to support innovative, original, culturally significant small-screen storytelling. For the purpose of this program, general drama is defined as any drama other than children’s drama.

Screen Australia will contribute up to 40% of the total budget.

The terms of funding are:
- Where Screen Australia’s total contribution (including any development funds) is $500,000 or under, funding will be in the form of a grant.
- Where Screen Australia’s total contribution (including any development funds) is more than $500,000, funding will be in the form of recoupable equity investment, with copyright and recoupment terms in accordance with the agency’s Terms of Trade.

Eligible activities include drama of any broadcast format, including telemovies, telemovie packages and series or mini-series.

Preference will be given to original formats over programs based on foreign formats.

Closes 25 February 2021

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Feature Film Production

This program aims to support Australian films that entertain and enlighten domestic and international audiences while reflecting the unique characteristics of Australian identity.

Funding is available under the following categories:
1. Official co-productions
- The 65% cap applies only to the Australian components of the budget.

2. Producer Offset
- A refundable tax offset (rebate) for producers of Australian feature films, television and other projects.
- Applicants do not need to have lodged an application for their Producer Offset Provisional Certificate at the time of applying unless specifically requested by their Investment Manager. However, if they are approved for funding they will need to lodge their application and receive their certification prior to contract execution.

3. Low-budget feature films
- For feature films which are intended to be produced with a total production budget under $1.5 million.

4. Enhancement Fund
- For projects that are at rough cut stage (or later) which have turned out well, and would greatly benefit with certain enhancements.
- Capped at $250,000.

Where Screen Australia’s total contribution (including any development funds) is $500,000 or under, funding will be in the form of a grant. Funding of more than $500,000 will be in the form of recoupable equity investment.

Applications for Feature Film Production funding requesting up to $1 million can be submitted at any time.

Applications for Feature Film Production requesting more than $1 million in funding will be referred to the Screen Australia Board for a final decision - closing 25 February 2021.

Eligible projects must:
- Be films of any budget size, including low-budget projects and projects that require completion funding.
- Demonstrate that all other finance is in place at time of application.
- Be feature-length and intended for theatrical release.

Closes 25 February 2021

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Location Incentive (GO4180)

The objective of the Location Incentive is to ensure that Australia remains competitive in attracting large budget international film and television productions, thereby providing opportunities for Australian cast, crew, post-production companies and other screen production service providers to participate in the production. It will contribute to the development of the Australian screen production industry’s capabilities and help ensure its future viability.

Grants will be provided to large budget international screen productions undertaking filming in Australia.

The grant amount is $540m for eight years from 2019-20.

Closing date 30 June 2027. 

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Children's Programs Production

This program aims to support the creation of television drama programs of interest or relevance to children. 

Screen Australia will contribute up to 45% of the total budget.

Where Screen Australia’s total contribution (including any development funds) is $500,000 or under, funding will be in the form of a grant.  Where Screen Australia’s total contribution (including any development funds) is more than $500,000, funding will be in the form of recoupable equity investment, with copyright and recoupment terms in accordance with the agency’s Terms of Trade.

Eligible activities include children’s programs of any broadcast format, including telemovies, telemovie packages and series or mini-series. The content can be animation or live-action, preschool, drama or factual and do not have to be ‘P’ or ‘C’ program as classified by the ACMA. However, the primary audience for the content must be children, as opposed to families generally.

Whilst Screen Australia will not normally fund long-running series, in the case of children’s programs due to consideration will be given for applications to fund more than 26 viewing hours of any one project, including multiple series (whether or not they have been funded by Screen Australia).

Closes 25 February 2021

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Enterprise People

This program aims to support individuals to build sustainable screen careers as well as share information and experience between industry participants.

It will also provide support with career placements, mentorships, career consultations or any other relevant professional development opportunity. Placements can be either full-time or part-time.

Funding available is up to:

  • $70,000 per year for up to two years for local career placements and up to one year for international career placements. Part-time placements will be paid pro-rata.
  • 20,000 for creative career development including consultations (up to $5,000), mentorships (up to $5,000) and/or other professional development opportunities (up to $10,000).

In light of the impacts of COVID-19, Screen Australia has suspended all applications for attendance at any overseas activity until the Government’s broader travel advice changes.

Eligible applicants include established and emerging creative professionals in any creative role.

Applicants who do not have formal industry experience but who can show they have the relevant skills and potential in order to take advantage of career and leadership opportunities will also be considered.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Documentary Commissioned Program

The Commissioned program is designed to support the production of a diverse range of quality documentaries made primarily for free-to-air or subscription television broadcast, VOD platform or similar (Commissioning Platforms), that offer a compelling vision and have clear enduring cultural value beyond their initial availability.

The program targets projects of at least a commercial half-hour in duration, with a minimum budget of $250,000 per hour, and a confirmed domestic commission.

Screen Australia aims to fund 30–40 hours of content a year through this program.

Any amount up to $1 million may be requested per project. The amount of direct Screen Australia support is limited so that total Federal Government funds, including the Producer Offset where relevant, do not account for more than 75% of the project’s total budget.

Co-funding with state agencies, other government organisations, cultural institutions, private investors or other partners is encouraged, and the assessment process will take into account the level of Screen Australia funding requested as a proportion of the overall budget.

Applications for matched post-production funding will be considered up to a maximum of $100,000, provided that the project has a post-production presale to a domestic commission with a licence fee of at least $50,000 per commercial hour.

The project must:

  • be a one-off documentary of at least a commercial half-hour in duration or a series of any number of episodes at least a commercial half-hour in total duration.Please refer to the ACMA guidelines for the definition of a documentary
  • note: Screen Australia does not invest in programs such as reality or magazine television, light entertainment, panel or travel shows, infotainment, current affairs, cooking, ‘how-to’, sports, corporate, training, games, extensions to film or TV, or community access programs or projects whose primary market is the education sector 
  • have an approved budget/finance plan of at least $250,000 per hour
  • be intended for distribution via a Commissioning Platform with the required presale confirmed
  • not be more than 15 commercial hours of any one project, which may include multiple series. Projects longer than 15 commercial hours will not be eligible for funding unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated.
  • not be a pilot or standalone episode for a longer series.

Foreign formats are eligible but priority is given to original material.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Arts Projects - Organisations

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply for a single project, a suite of projects or annual programs of activity.

Grants are available from $20,000 to $100,000. Activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Please note: Your project must take into account the latest advice regarding COVID-19.

Eligible activities include:

  • professional skills development, including mentoring and residencies
  • the creation of new work
  • practice-based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • activities to develop the arts sector
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity
  • activities that creatively engage communities.

Closes 2 March 2021

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Arts Projects - Individuals and Groups

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Please note: Your project must take into account the latest advice regarding COVID-19.

Only individuals and groups may apply in this category. You must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, and a practising artist or arts professional. 

Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or groups.

Your project can include a range of activities, for example:

  • professional skills development, including mentoring and residencies
  • the creation of new work
  • practice-based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity
  • activities that creatively engage communities.

You can’t apply for an activity that has already taken place.

Application forms will be available at least six weeks before the closing date.  Closes 2 March 2021.

Please note: To apply you must be registered in our application management system a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Arts Industry Support Package for COVID-19—supporting Indigenous visual arts centres

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The $7 million contribution to the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) Program will support Indigenous Art Centres and Indigenous Art Fairs during the COVID-19 crisis. Payments will be made directly to IVAIS-funded Indigenous Art Centres and IVAIS-funded Art Fairs to maintain operations and employment levels, ensuring that they continue to support artists and their communities.

 

Indigenous Program

Funds are available through Screen Australia to invest in outstanding television drama projects which are based on strong, original ideas and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.

Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers to extend their vision and skills.

For more information, please click here.

 

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support 2020/21 Grant Round (GO4508)

Funding will be provided to organisations for activities that best contribute to the delivery of the following Program outcomes:   

  • a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.

Closes 19 February 2021

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National Cultural Heritage Account

This grant helps Australian public cultural institutions buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. These institutions include museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts, local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

This grant ensures that Australian protected objects are kept in Australia, preserved and made accessible to the public.

Applications can be made at any time. Funding is approved on a case-by-case basis.

$500,000 is available each year.

For more information on cultural heritage grants, please click here.

 

Screen NSW

Slate Development Program

This program aims to provide significant development opportunities for all eligible screen content that is produced and/or post-produced in NSW for any eligible NSW production company that is significantly affected by COVID-19.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for a slate of three or more projects.

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.

https://screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/development/slate-development

 

Made in NSW - International Footloose Production

This grant is a $55 million fund over four years (2019/20 and 2022/23) to support the attraction to NSW of significant international and domestic feature films and major TV drama productions.

The objective of the program is to focus its investment in new film and TV projects that:
- Significantly contribute to the NSW economy.
- Create high-value jobs.
- Create new opportunities in western Sydney and regional NSW.
- Build the skills and capacity of established and emerging practitioners.
- Grow audiences.
- Contribute to NSW’s reputation as the leading State in business and film.

The level of any financial assistance offered is discretionary and determined on a case-by-case basis from limited funds.

Applicants must discuss their application with the Director of Production Attraction & Incentives prior to applying.

Closes 30 June 2021

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Advanced Development

This grant aims to contribute towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.

Grants of up to 50,000 are available, but it is anticipated that most requests will be about $20,000. Only outstanding market-ready projects with a highly credentialed team will be considered at the upper level.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team to discuss the application process.

Closes 30 June 2021

https://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/development/advanced-development

 

Location Scouts and Inbounds Program

This program aims to provide location and production support to encourage screen projects to film in Sydney and NSW.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination.
- Increase the State’s market share of film and television production by attracting potential projects to film in NSW.
- Familiarise practitioners with NSW locations for their projects.
- Provide an opportunity to connect local and international practitioners with local technical and creative talent, studio and post-production and visual effects facilities for their projects and to support new and sustainable partnerships between organisations of International significance and local practitioners and facilities.

The program offers long-form footloose productions scouting assistance for location surveys for eligible projects and may include covering some of the costs associated with on-ground travel including accommodation, domestic flights, vehicle hire and location manager services.

Applicants are advised to contact the program administrator prior to the submission of applications.

Closes 30 June 2021

https://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/incentives/location-scouts-and-inbounds-program

 

Early Development

This program offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs. It provides funding for business consultants and for the development of business or enterprise plans for the company.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available, but it is expected that most requests are between $2,000 and $20,000.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team to discuss the application process.

Eligible applicants must be a NSW-based key creative, individual or company.

Non-NSW-based applicants may apply and must be able to:
- Provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer.
- Have at least one NSW based key creative (writer, producer or director) attached.
- Satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry.

Closes 30 June 2021

https://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/development/early-development

 

Story Development: Premium

This grant supports content creators in taking advantage of opportunities to develop compelling drama stories:

  • for any platform - series or one-off.
  • from and with a diversity of creative voices from around Australia.
  • that capitalise on current and emerging digital platforms and audience opportunities.
  • with budgets that make sense in terms of the experience of the team and audience reach
  • in order to build a vibrant creative environment with increased business and job opportunities.

Note: The word ‘drama’ refers to scripted fiction content of any genre (comedy, action, thriller, etc)

For the purpose of these guidelines, the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD) i.e. Netflix, Amazon, Stan, Hulu, iView, SBS on demand, etc.

Premium has four primary aims:

  • Ambition & Scale: to identify and support distinctive, quality, higher budget drama projects of ambition and scale for any platform.
  • Success: to support successful screen content makers.
  • Viability & Market: to generate viable projects and teams that will attract marketplace finance and are intended for significant audience reach.
  • Culture & Diversity: to ensure the storytellers and stories being told reflect gender equity, and/or the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, all of which are important culturally, creatively and economically.

Applications will be open to anyone who:

  • has a significant track record/production credits on projects that have commercial success and/or critical acclaim.
  • is an Australian individual or team and meets our Terms of Trade. Co-productions may also apply with an application from the Australian Company.
  • controls the rights whether they are the writer, director or producer.
  • has the demonstrated know-how to develop the project, raise finance and execute the vision in production for the intended platform and audience. For applications from writers and/or directors, a producer will need to be attached at later stage development.

What you can apply for:

  • funding for a distinctive, higher budget series or one-off long-form drama project of ambition and scale for any platform.
  • The development budget can contain whatever the project and team need including, but not limited to, a treatment, scriptment, draft script, bible, research, writers rooms, and/or the production of a Proof of Concept (POC) or sizzle reel.
  • There is no cap on funding but the application must be reasonable and strategic with regards to the project, the amount of funding applied for, the proposed phase of development and any additional sources of development financing. Screen Australia will only support higher budget projects for a Commissioning Platform in order to leverage the aims of the fund, particularly in regards to the distinctive subject matter, diversity and inclusion.

Applications will be open all year round with a two-stage process for assessment:

  • Stage 1:
    short materials for your story, a pitch to camera and a Creative Vision and Development Plan
  • normally a four-week turnaround.

Stage 2:

  • invitation only
  • the applicant has up to three months to submit after a Stage 1 approval
  • longer story document and supporting material
  • normally a four-week turnaround.

This grant runs on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Story Development: Generate

This grant supports content creators to take advantage of existing and emerging opportunities to develop compelling drama stories:

  • for any platform - series or one-off.
  • from and with a diversity of creative voices from around Australia.
  • that capitalise on current and emerging digital platforms and audience opportunities.
  • with budgets that make sense in terms of the experience of the team and audience reach.
  • in order to build a vibrant creative environment with increased business and job opportunities.

Note: The word ‘drama’ refers to scripted fiction content of any genre (comedy, action, thriller, etc).

For the purpose of these guidelines, the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD) i.e. Netflix, Amazon, Stan, Hulu, iView, SBS on demand, etc.

Generate has three primary aims:

  • Talent: to identify and support new and emerging talent and their career progression, as well as create opportunities for experienced practitioners to take creative risks.
  • Story & Audience: to encourage bold and distinctive lower budget drama stories for any platform that can demonstrate a clear pathway to an audience.
  • Culture & Diversity: to ensure the storytellers and stories being told reflect gender equity and/or the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, all of which are
  • important culturally, creatively and economically.

Applications will be open all year round with a two-stage process for assessment:

Stage 1:

  • short materials for your story, a pitch to camera and a Creative Vision and Development Plan
  • normally a four-week turnaround.

Stage 2:

  • invitation only
  • the applicant has up to three months to submit after a Stage 1 approval
  • longer story materials/documents
  • normally a four-week turnaround

This grant is available on an ongoing basis

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Arts and Cultural Funding Program

Annual Organisation Funding

Funding is provided on an annual basis to support arts and cultural organisations (including service organisations) to deliver arts and cultural activities that benefit NSW. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program throughout a single calendar or financial year.

Funding is available for a wide range of activities, including:

•creation of new arts and cultural work, practice-based research or experimentation, and professional development
•production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
•promotion and marketing
•audience growth and development
•conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places)
•business development activities including new responses to environmental changes
•partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).

For Annual Organisation funding, the maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $140,000.

Project Funding

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:

•the creative development and/or public presentation of work(s), for example, literary works, music, dance or theatre pieces
•commissioning professional artists – for example, a writer, composer, choreographer or visual artist – to develop a work for an event
•partnerships (including those with the non-arts sector) to develop arts and culture in a specific region, Priority Area or artform/discipline
•community collaborations involving professional artists, to develop skills, public performances, exhibitions or participatory events
•the development and presentation of a new museum display featuring items from current and/or new or borrowed collections
•arts and cultural activities aimed at engaging young people, particularly students attending geographically and/or socio-economically disadvantaged schools
•extending an artist’s or organisation’s practice, audiences or markets
•developing and deepening audience engagement with arts and culture.

Funding is not available under this program for filmmaking and screen production, mainstream animation and film festivals (see screen.nsw.gov.au for funding opportunities in this area).

For Project funding, the maximum amount of funding that you can apply for is $60,000.

Round 2 opens Monday 1 February 2021 and closes Monday 1 March 2021.

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