Media ReleaseBuilding Community08 May 2020

New national support program to provide immediate relief for artists

To provide relief for artists and arts workers in the midst of COVID-19, Minderoo Foundation is collaborating with Philanthropy Australia.

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Flynn Talbot at the 2018 London Design Bienale. Photo Credit: Mark Cocksedge.

Minderoo Foundation has joined more than 20 arts and culture philanthropists* to provide a $1.4million support program for artists and arts workers experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network is coordinating the distribution of philanthropic funds into the Australian arts sector, via a one-off National Assistance Program for the Arts. The program will distribute one-off grants of $1,000 each on the basis of need, experience, and talent.

Minderoo Foundation co-founder Nicola Forrest AO said the arts sector had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So often, in difficult times, we turn to the arts for comfort and inspiration,” Mrs Forrest said.

“However currently, for many artists and arts workers, their income streams have been severely impacted as a result of the necessary COVID-19 restrictions,” Mrs Forrest said.

“We’re grateful to Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders Network and the Sidney Myer Fund for mobilising the Australian philanthropy sector so effectively.”

“Minderoo Foundation is proud to collaborate alongside our partners and provide immediate relief to those who need it most. Programs such as this one are a critical first step as we begin to rebuild after this crisis.”

The alumni of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship program will assess applications to the program. To apply please visit

*Participating Philanthropists and Philanthropic Entities:

Andrew Myer AM & Kerry Gardner AM
Ann & Warwick Johnson
Berwyn Roberts & Jennifer Mackenzie
Carrillo Gantner AC and Ziyin Gantner
Creative Partnerships Australia
Darin Cooper Foundation
Day Family Foundation
Doc Ross Foundation
FWH Foundation
Inner North Community Foundation
James and Diana Ramsay Foundation
Kathryn Fagg AO
Kim Williams AM

Lindisfarne Foundation
Minderoo Foundation
Nunn Dimos Foundation
Robert Bishop
Sarah Myer and Baillieu Myer AC
Sidney Myer Fund
Simon Mordant AM and Catriona Mordant AM
Spinifex Trust
Stephen Shelmerdine AM and Kate Shelmerdine
Tim Fairfax AC
The Skrzynski Family Sky Foundation
Yulgilbar Foundation

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Established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001, we are a modern philanthropic organisation seeking to break down barriers, innovate and drive positive, lasting change. Minderoo Foundation is proudly Australian, with eight key initiatives spanning from ocean research and ending slavery, to collaboration in cancer and community projects.

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