COVID-19 relief for the arts and culture industry


To support our artists and arts workers adversely affected by the latest COVID-19 restrictions across Greater Darwin and Katherine, the Northern Territory (NT) Government has announced an immediate re-opening of a support package for the arts and culture industry.

The Arts and Culture 2021 COVID-19 Interruption Support will provide urgent relief to assist artists, arts workers and organisations impacted by the lockdown measures, especially during the Territory’s peak visitor and festival season.

The program supports the livelihoods, practice and operations of NT artists and arts workers to recoup money lost due to cancelled events and activities.

This includes the cancellation of Darwin Festival events, theatre productions and live music gigs.

To assist Territory artists, arts workers and arts organisations with income or fees lost from cancelled work such as presentations and performances, including incurred travel and venue hire, the grants will provide:

  • Up to $1000 is available for individuals and $4000 for organisations not part of Darwin Festival
  • Up to $2000 is available for individuals and $6000 for organisations booked for Darwin Festival.

Organisations with an annual turnover of $75,000 and over should apply under the Territory Small Business Lockdown Payment Program.

Applications will open from midday 17 August 2021 via Grants NT and close Monday 13 September 2021. Grant guidelines are also available on the Grants NT website.

For further information and for assistance with applications, contact Arts NT on (08) 8999 8981 or email

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