The ACT Government has announced additional Covid-19 emergency funding for ArtSound FM along with eight other Canberra arts organisations.

“Canberra is lucky to have such a strong arts community that is supported by some wonderful arts organisations,” said ACT Minister for the Arts, Creative Industries and Cultural Events, Gordon Ramsay, MLA. “These organisations support our artists and give our community really great places to view art, watch performances and engage in arts programs. Without them, we wouldn’t have such a strong artistic community that extends across every region of the ACT.

“This support will ensure these organisations can continue to employ Canberrans, support our artists and remain an important part of the fabric of our community.”

The ACT arts organisations to receive funding from a total package of $1.07-million are:

  1. ACT Writers Centre ($10,032)
  2. Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres ($187,777)
  3. Ausdance ACT ($63,030)
  4. ArtSound CM ($35,000)
  5. Belconnen Arts Centre ($550,000)
  6. Canberra Potters Society ($80,690)
  7. M16 ArtSpace ($31,173)
  8. Tuggeranong Arts Centre ($54,105)
  9. Warehouse Circus ($64,765)

The ACT Government had already provided over $350,000 of rent relief to a number of its head licensees. Those included Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres ($239,290), Belconnen Arts Centre ($4,840), The Street Theatre ($30,684), Canberra Glassworks ($54,301), Strathnairn ($21,273) and Watson ($6,750).

Other Government support for the arts sector during COVID-19 has included upgrades to arts facilities through the fast track program and the $500,000 Homefront grants to support Canberra artists. This is in addition to the regular Arts Activities Funding round that recently saw $320,000 delivered to support a range of local artists.