$50 million COVID-19 Rescue and Restart package announced for NSW arts and cultural sector

30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand (detail), Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo: Daniel Boud

30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand (detail), Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo: Daniel Boud

The NSW Government has announced a $50 million rescue and restart package for NSW arts and cultural organisations to ensure the sector continues to make an important contribution to the NSW economy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rescue and Restart package is intended to support arts and cultural organisations across NSW.

The NSW Government recognises the important contribution the arts and cultural sector makes to the NSW economy, as well as to the community’s wellbeing, particularly during challenging times.

The Rescue and Restart package will be delivered in two stages:

  • Immediate funding available to offset the impacts of temporary closure to comply with Public Health Orders, and
  • Funding available in the coming months to enable organisations to restart operations when public health requirements permit.

Funding will be available to NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations across the State on a case by case basis.

The Rescue and Restart package is designed to assist NSW arts and cultural organisations now, and so they are in a position to restart operations when health guidelines permit.

If you would like to know more about this process, please contact us via email in the first instance on sector.support@create.nsw.gov.au

Image: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand (detail), Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo: Daniel Boud.
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