Sector Capacity Building
In addition to funding, there are other areas of support that can benefit the arts sector. This 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.
Capacity Building for individual artists
Capacity building activities are being provided through targeted assistance in grant writing and project development, particularly for those members of the community who have not traditionally accessed support. The first stage of this program was provided through the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres. Further development opportunities will be available in the future and will be advertised on this website and through artsACT’s enews.
Capacity building for non-funded arts organisations
Following an application process in 2019, the ACT Government has provided $80,494 to small arts organisations currently not receiving funding through arts organisation funding categories to build their organisations so they can focus on providing quality arts experiences.
The ten funded organisations will develop and undertake professional development, fundraising and marketing plans, strategic plans and to seek tax, accounting and legal advice. Funding is not for any artistic skills/development or programming activities, the purchase of equipment or for educational courses.
Capacity building for funded arts organisations
Support for organisations currently receiving ongoing arts funding is being provided to build capacity in governance, strategic capacity and planning, change and risk management, diversity representation, and cultural awareness. Capacity building is being delivered through workshops and one-on-one sessions by Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, and through a previous workshop hosted by the Canberra Innovation Network.
Capacity Building for Live Music
MusicACT has been funded to support capacity building programs for the live contemporary music sector 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 engage with 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.
Arts Capacity Building Strategy
Following these initial programs, artsACT will develop an Arts Capacity Building Strategy; informed by ongoing evaluation of activities for ACT artists and organisations. The Strategy will assist in determining the future needs and priorities for arts development in Canberra, to enhance vibrancy, professionalism and inclusion in the arts landscape.