Arts Queensland is inviting applications for the Digital Adaptation program 2020.
Digital Adaptation recognises that the creation and delivery of digital programming is anticipated to become increasingly important for the arts and cultural sector in a post-COVID-19 recovery phase and beyond.
The objectives of the Digital Adaptation fund are to:
- support the development and presentation of high quality digital programming that will showcase Queensland stories and diversify and increase audience reach.
- maintain and enhance audience experience, engagement and participation in arts and cultural activities
- build the capacity of the Queensland arts sector to invest in and deliver innovative arts practice and diversify future revenue streams
Funding is offered across two streams, applicants may submit one application per project:
- Individuals can apply up to $10,000 for equipment and training to support:
- the upgrade or purchase of suitable equipment and technology which will enable you to adapt your activities to a digital context
- digital production upskilling/professional development opportunities that will enable you to deliver digital activities and programming
- the engagement of appropriate expertise to adapt your work to a digital context or produce high quality digital programming for you
- Organisations can apply for up to $20,000 for equipment and training to support:
- the upgrade or purchase of portable equipment and technology suitable to your proposed digital programming activities
- the installation of equipment and technology within an existing creative studio or performance venue, to create a collaborative space available to the broader arts community
- digital production upskilling/professional development opportunities for artists or arts workers
- the engagement of appropriate expertise to help create new high quality programming and/or adapt existing artistic product for presentation across digital platforms
- the engagement of appropriate expertise to determine the digital production and technical requirements best suited for your venue and proposed future activity
- Arts and cultural organisations and individual artists or sole traders can apply to this fund.
- To be eligible, all applicants must:
- be a Queensland-based practicing individual artist or sole trader, or arts and cultural organisation with a history of presenting public performances, activities or exhibitions
- demonstrate significant impact on delivery of programming due to COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) that is in the name of the applicant
- provide evidence of ownership or long-term lease arrangements (for sole-use) of a creative studio or performance venue (if applying for up to $20,000 for venue equipment)
- have been in business for a minimum of one year and have a strategic plan that demonstrates a commitment to digital delivery
- conduct the proposed activity in Queensland
- demonstrate the project can be completed within 12 months from approval
- have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding.
The following will be ineligible for funding support:
- Applications submitted after the published closing date
- Incomplete applications lacking compulsory support material
- Applicants who have not satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding
- Applicants who are under the age of 18 and the application has not been co-signed by their legal guardian
- Project costs already supported through Arts Queensland project funding
- Projects that commence prior to 25 September 2020 and/or cannot be completed within one year of funding approval
- Projects which have already commenced, including any items that were ordered, committed to (with a signed document or paid deposit) or purchased before the funding is approved
- Applications seeking funding to support social media activities or online marketing strategies
- Travel costs pertaining to restricted destinations at the time of submission
- General operating/recurring costs, including core business activities, business start-up costs, administrative and other organisational costs not directly associated with the project or program
- Training or professional development not directly related to the project or program.
- Any activities that are the responsibility of another specialist funding body (i.e. Screen Queensland)
- Items purchased from overseas suppliers (without prior approval from Arts Queensland). This grant program supports the Queensland Government’s ‘Buy from Queensland’ policy
- Contingency costs
- Repayment of debts and loans
- Educational institutions (excluding Tertiary education institutions who may be considered for funding by providing a statement from an authorising officer of the institution confirming that the activity is outside of core business and does not receive direct financial support from the institution)
- State government agencies
- Arts Queensland shareholder companies (other than those wholly owned by the Queensland Government); Arts Statutory Bodies; and Major Performing Arts Organisations (as recognised by State and Federal Governments) are ineligible to apply.
- Local Councils and business entities or initiatives of local Councils.
- Current Arts Queensland employees or former employees who ceased employment less than six months before applying. Employees of Arts Statutory Bodies and the Department of Environment and Science should consult the ‘Important Information for Applicants’ document before applying.
- What evidence can be provided to demonstrate your innovation and contribution to the Queensland arts and cultural sector through delivery of a high standard of artistic and cultural product?
- What evidence can be provided to demonstrate your track record in developing and delivering online content?
- How can you evidence demand for your proposed activity or project? How will it meet audience needs?
- What evidence can be provided to demonstrate that the proposed project represents good value for money and will deliver a return on investment to help build the long-term viability of your business?
- How will the proposed project support stronger engagement with existing audiences and/or extend accessibility of your work to new audiences or to specific target groups?
- How will digital infrastructure and/or programming assist you or your organisation meet its long-term artistic and financial strategic goals and objectives, during a post-COVID19 recovery phase and beyond? How does the project align with your organisation’s Strategic Plan?
- How many Queensland artists and arts workers will be supported as a result of this funding?
For more information, visit https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/digital-adaptation