Making a living

Festival First Night, 2010 Sydney Festival, photo: Trent O'Donnell

Festival First Night, 2010 Sydney Festival, photo: Trent O’Donnell

Many creative practitioners and arts and cultural workers make a living through running a small business. These may involve sole practitioners, small groups, partnerships or cooperatives. Advice about running small businesses is available from a variety of sources. is an online government resource for the Australian business community. This website aims to connect businesses to the knowledge, tools and expertise necessary to improve productivity, increase competitiveness and fully capitalise on growth potential. It supports businesses who work in publishing, writing, architecture, photography, visual arts, television, radio, advertising, film, performing arts, music, games and interactive content by providing hands-on business support and access to a range of other services at no charge.

Regional Arts Networks

Create NSW is a key supporter of 14 Regional Arts Organisations that employ Executive Directors to promote arts development across the State. For arts organisations and practitioners working in regional and rural areas of NSW, tapping into your local Regional Arts Network is a good way to stay connected to new opportunities, hear about workshops and events, and be part of your local creative community.

Find your nearest Regional Arts Network


Create NSW offers financial assistance for arts and cultural activities in NSW. Our funding programs are designed to recognise high artistic merit, innovation, build existing and new audiences, support professional and sector development, and increase access to the arts for all. We welcome applications from artists and organisations working in all art forms and from all parts of the State.

Learn more about Arts and Cultural Development Program

The Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It supports Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.  Each year, the Council provides more than $158 million in funding for arts organisations and individual artists across the country.
Learn more about the Australia Council’s grants program