Sector Capacity Building


Sector Capacity Building

The ACT Government acknowledges that, in addition to funding, there are other areas of support that is of significant benefit to the arts sector. This issue has been raised by the sector through consultation on the arts funding plan and the ACT Arts Policy. Other areas of support includes skills and professional development for artists, and support for continuous improvement of arts organisations including for governance, strategic capacity and planning, change and risk management, and diversity. We are committed to providing this support.

In light of changes to funding categories and arrangements, in the first instance, capacity building activities will be provided through targeted assistance in grant writing and project development, particularly for those members of the community who have not traditionally accessed support. We are pleased to announce that this program is now available through the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres. Please contact Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres at for further information on the 'Artist's Toolkit Program'.

Support for organisations will be delivered through workshops and one-on-one sessions to build capacity in governance, strategic capacity and planning, change and risk management, diversity representation, and cultural awareness. We are also pleased to announce that Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre has recently been successful to deliver this program. Further information on the program will be available shortly.

Following these initial programs, artsACT will develop an Arts Capacity Building Strategy; informed by ongoing evaluation of activities for ACT artists and organisations.  This Strategy will assist to determine the needs and priorities of arts development in Canberra into the future, to enhance vibrancy, professionalism and inclusion in the arts landscape.

Capacity Building for Live Music

The ACT Government has demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the live music sector in the ACT by investing $108,000 to support live music in Canberra.
MusicACT has been funded to harness its specialist knowledge and expertise in the live music sector to support capacity building programs including in artist management, recording, touring, and promoting. This funding will also facilitate the creation of more opportunities for Canberra all-ages shows.
MusicACT will utliise its extensive networks, including the National Live Music Office, The Australasian Performing Right Association, national live music promoters, managers and record labels to assist the careers of Canberra musicians.
MusicACT will soon provide information on these activities, and on how Canberra musicians can become involved.