Covid-19 boost for Creative New Zealand

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Creative New Zealand has provided more details about their emergency response package that will provide opportunities for creative projects.

The Arts Council chairman Michael Moynahan said these were challenging times for all New Zealanders, and for the arts community in particular.

“We believe the support Creative New Zealand is providing will give the sector confidence that we understand their plight and are here to work alongside them.”

The Arts Council is the governing body of Creative New Zealand and the emergency respone package reflected a changed landscape, delivered opportunities for new and refocused creative projects, bolstering a sector knocked to its knees by the impact of COVID-19, he said.

An initial $16 million investment will be open for applications from April 14 and will be distributed to the sector through to June 30, 2020.

A second phase to provide support beyond June 2020 will be explored at the April Arts Council meeting.

“We expect there to be a second phase of support, from July 1, which we’ll be able to speak more about following further meetings of the Arts Council. It’s premature for us to discuss more than this first phase of our response at the moment, given the profound uncertainty we’re all experiencing,” Mr Moynahan said.

Creative New Zealand chief executive Stephen Wainwright said through the emergency relief grant they had worked closely align support with the WINZ Wage Subsidy and aims around paying artists and arts practitioners more fairly.

“Our current guidelines include pay rates of at least $25 per hour for artists and arts practitioners and so we are ‘topping up’ the amount of the WINZ payment to meet that threshold.”

“Given the rapidly changing circumstances, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and reassess the need and level of our emergency support.

“The design of our Emergency Response Package is well-progressed, including our ability to deliver it within current constraints and the rapidly changing environment. The different elements are shaping up and we look forward to opening the opportunities on April 14,” he said.

The first phase of Creative New Zealand’s Emergency Response Package has two components:

Resilience Grants for eligible artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations (non-investment clients) to help them recover, maintain and develop their practice in a completely changed environment. There are two opportunities:

Arts Continuity Grant – supports short-term arts projects by artists and arts organisations (including groups and collectives) that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19.

Emergency Relief Grant – provides temporary relief for independent artists and arts practitioners, who may be part of arts organisations (including groups and collectives), and who meet our eligibility criteria.

Short-term Relief for Investment Clients for existing investment clients and on top of existing funding, with priority given to those materially negatively impacted by COVID-19, to help them stabilise their businesses and remain viable.