Artist Resources

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.

ACT Government Grants Portal External Link Find information on and apply for more than 22 ACT Government grant programs.

Australia Council for the Arts External Link The Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It supports Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector.

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts External Link Australian Government department that develops and administers programs and policies that encourage excellence in art, support for cultural heritage and public access to arts and culture.

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.

Capital Arts Patrons Organisation External Link CAPO is a 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.

Copyright Agency Cultural Fund A cultural fund supporting a wide variety of projects.

Create NSW External Link The NSW Government 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.

Grants in the City External Link Funding to realise a wide array of events and initiatives that grow with the Canberra CBD.

Ian Potter Cultural Trust External Link Established to encourage and support the diversity and excellence of emerging Australian artists.

Screen Australia External Link The Australian Government funding body for the Australian screen production industry, supporting and promoting the development of a highly creative, innovative and commercially sustainable Australian screen production industry.

Screen Canberra Managed by the ACT Screen Industry Association (ACTSIA), Screen Canberra supports the growth of the ACT screen industry through development, opportunities and providing a voice for the local screen community.

Sidney Myer Fund External Link A philanthropic organisation providing support to individual artists through the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships. Nominations are considered for artists and arts managers across the spectrum of the visual and performing arts.

The Seed External Link A philanthropic organisation that aims to assist Australian artists creating art and music across any genre to establish themselves as self-sustained professionals.


Arts Acumen A resource of Arts Queensland providing tool kits, templates and information to assist artists and arts organisations to develop skills and knowledge in funding application writing, business planning, governance, marketing, evaluation, reporting, partnerships, philanthropy and innovation.

Arts Law Centre of Australia External Link 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.

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) The Commonwealth charity regulator, providing information about charities and the not-for-profit sector including fact sheets, guides and templates for organisation types, governing bodies and boards.

Not for Profit Law information hub providing free and low cost legal resources, training and advice to community organisations including about governance, agreements, insurance and risk management.

Protocols for Working With Children in Art External Link The Australia Council protocols for working with children in art, addressing the depiction of children in artworks, exhibitions and publications.

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 Access Canberra

Creative Practice

ArtsHub External Link The Australian Arts Portal, with jobs, news, classifieds, events, information and an arts directory.

ArtsReady External Link A program 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.

Australian Arts Organisations Directory External Link A directory of organisations that provide support for cultural activities.

Australian Copyright Council External Link 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.

Australian Music Radio Airplay Project External Link Amrap is a community radio initiative that distributes and promotes contemporary Australian music to community radio stations nationwide. Amrap offers services for signed and unsigned Australian musicians, major and independent record labels, music business enterprises, and Australian community radio stations and program makers.

Creative Spaces External Link A platform  to help artists 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, from small studios to vacant warehouses or buildings.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance External Link A union and industry advocate for Australia's creative professionals. Members include people working in TV, radio, theatre and film, entertainment venues, actors, dancers, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral and opera performers as well as people working in advertising, book publishing and website production.

Music Australia External Link The only body in Australia devoted to music in its entirety, providing advocacy, sector research, and a comprehensive information portal.

National Association for the Visual Arts External Link NAVA is the peak body representing the Australian visual arts and craft sector.

Cultural Exchange

Asialink Promoting 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.

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.


Creative Partnerships Australia External Link A ‘one-stop-shop’ to promote, encourage and facilitate business, philanthropic and donor support for the arts; bringing the arts, donors and business together for mutual benefit, creating a more vibrant, ambitious and sustainable cultural sector for the benefit of all Australians.

Pozible External Link An Australian crowdfunding website for creative projects and ideas.

Stir - Crowd funded grants for creative projects Stir is an initiative of the CBR Innovation Network, and was developed by creatives for creatives.

Jan Brown with Icarus

Image: Artist Jan Brown with her artwork Icarus, Canberra City.