Useful Links for Artists

This page provides useful links and advice for artists and creative workers.

Please note that artsACT is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Links provided are not an endorsement of the sites' content or the entities related to those sites.

The ACT Government Grants Portal External Link

Find information on and apply for more than 22 ACT Government grant programs.

artsHub External Link

artsHub Australia the Australian Arts Portal. Arts Jobs, Arts News, Arts Directory, Classifieds, Events and information - Keeping you informed.

Arts Law Centre of Australia External Link

Arts Law is a not for profit company established to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations.

ArtsReady External Link

The ArtsReady program is designed as a partnership with young Australians and the arts and creative sector through an entry-level training and support model that combines practical experience at work with vocational education. ArtsReady allows young trainees to get their foot in the door of a career in the arts and creative industries.

Asialink External Link

Aims to promote cultural understanding, information exchange and artistic endeavour between Australia and Asian countries. Asialink has a residency program which sends Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia.

Australian Copyright Council External Link

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation which represents the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies.

Australia Council for the Arts External Link

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. 

Australian Arts Organisations Directory External Link

The Australian Arts Organisations Directory is a comprehensive directory of organisations that provide support for cultural activities.

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade External Link The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote Australian economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience.

Australian Government Ministry for the Arts External Link

The Ministry for the Arts develops and administers programs and policies that encourage excellence in art, support for cultural heritage and public access to arts and culture.

Australian Music Radio Airplay Project External Link

The Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap) is a community radio initiative that distributes and promotes contemporary Australian music to community radio stations nationwide. Amrap helps get new Australian music airplay, and supports community radio broadcasters to promote new Australian music on air and online. Amrap offers services for signed and unsigned Australian musicians, major and independent record labels, music business enterprises, and all Australian community radio stations and program makers.

British Council External Link

The British Council connects people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK to build lasting relationships around the world.

The Capital Arts Patrons Organisation External Link (CAPO)

Volunteer non-profit organisation supporting the ACT region's artists. CAPO provides arts fellowships and awards with support from the Canberra arts and business communities.

Create NSW External Link The NSW Government’s arts and cultural body, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions. It offers direct funding to NSW artists, practitioners and arts and cultural workers through its Arts and Cultural Development Program.

Department of Communications and the Arts External Link

Federal government department developing and delivering communications policy and programs.

The Copyright Agency Limited External Link

Cultural Fund which supports a wide variety of projects.

Creative Partnerships Australia External Link

Creative Partnerships Australia is the amalgamation of the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Artsupport Australia. Creative Partnerships Australia has been created as a response to the recommendation of the Mitchell Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts for a ‘one-stop-shop’ to promote, encourage and facilitate business, philanthropic and donor support for the arts.

Creative Spaces External Link

Creative Spaces is a website is designed to help you find a suitable and affordable creative space to rent or lease in order to develop, exhibit or perform your work. You can find artist studio space, design studio space, gallery space, co-working space, hot desks and more. You can also list your creative space here, whether it’s an artist or design studio, warehouse, co-share, gallery, theatre or vacant building. You will also find case studies on spaces that have been transformed from their normal function into locations for arts projects.

Enterprise Connect External Link

Enterprise Connect - Single Business Service - is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. This program aims to connect businesses to the knowledge, tools and expertise necessary to improve productivity, increase competitiveness and fully capitalise on growth potential. 

Grants in the City External Link

Aims to realise a wide array of events and initiatives that grow with the CBD.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust External Link

Established to encourage and support the diversity and excellence of emerging Australian artists.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance External Link

The union and professional organisation which covers everyone in the media, entertainment, sports and arts industries. Members include people working in TV, radio, theatre and film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral and opera performers as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing and website production. 

Music Australia External Link

Music Australia is the only body in Australia devoted to music in its entirety.

National Association for the Visual Arts External Link

NAVA is the peak body representing the Australian visual arts and craft sector.

Pozible External Link

An Australian crowdfunding website for creative projects and ideas.

Project Funding

Information for applicants: Preparing your budget.

Protocols for Working With Children in Art External Link

On 1 January 2009 the Australia Council introduced its Protocols for working with children in art. They address the depiction of children in artworks, exhibitions and publications. 

Screen Australia External Link

Screen Australia is the key Federal Government direct funding body for the Australian screen production industry. Its functions are to support and promote the development of a highly creative, innovative and commercially sustainable Australian screen production industry.  

The Seed External Link

Philanthropic organisation that aims to assist Australian artists creating art and music across any genre to establish themselves as self-sustained professionals.

Sidney Myer Fund External Link

Provides direct support to individual artists through the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships. Nominations are considered for artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual and performing arts.

Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 External Link

The Act requires people who have contact with vulnerable people while engaging in regulated activities and services to register with the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS).

Jan Brown with Icarus

Artist Jan Brown with her artwork Icarus