Guildhouse is continuing to advocate for artists as the full impact of COVID-19 is realised and we encourage you to stay in touch if you require any further assistance. 

You can find all the current information we have around COVID-19 on this page. We will be keeping it updated as new information and resources come to light.

Our response to date

  • The Guildhouse Office is remote, but fully operational to support and service members
  • You can reach us through all the normal channels, plus new video channels to support 1:1 meetings and small group sessions.
  • We continue to honour our commitments to artists who are currently involved in our programs and will continue to do so.
  • Our current call outs are going ahead as planned with the knowledge that some timeframes may need to shift.
  • We remain in close communication with our partner organisations and artists about implications for upcoming programs.
  • We are contributing to national and state advocacy to ensure the impact on the sector is heard. Where possible, we are exploring alternative modes of delivery to ensure our programs continue to be available, including extending existing initiatives.
  • This resources page will be a key repository for essential advice, official reference material and stimulus funding opportunities.

Reputable sources of information

There is a lot of information currently circulating about COVID-19 and how to look after yourself during this crisis. We recommend consulting these official sources to keep informed.

SA Health

Australian Department of Health

World Health Organisation

Smart Traveller (information for Australian travellers)

COVID-19 resources for galleries and studios

UPDATE The Austraia Council for the Arts has developed a practical, user-friemdly Re-Activate guide for independent artists amd organisations to  help confidently comply with government guidelines to recommence practice and open doors to welcome audiences, visitors and customers.
Musuems and Galleries Queensland has developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan and as well as an information and resouces that may be useful to galleries and studios in approaching the next phase of COVID-19 planning.

Funding for South Australian practitioners

The Dawn Slade-Faull Award

UPDATE The Dawn Slade-Faull Award aims to empower emerging South Australian artists with a disability by providing financial support and encouragement to help them realise their potential in their chosen medium.

The Award will open with an online SALA Festival exhibition showcasing the shortlisted artworks and the winning entry will be awarded up to $3,000. Applications close Sunday 9 August.

City of Adelaide Arts and Culture Grants

The City of Adelaide’s is welcoming Quick Response and Cultural Promotion grants applications of up to $2,000 from the creative community to make and promote innovative content to enable Adelaide’s communities to connect to creative pursuits in alternative formats given the current requirements for social distancing.

Other funding opportunities

The Copyright Agency‘s  Create Grants ($10,000, $15,000 or $20,000)  for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work are now open. Applications close 14 September 2020, 1 pm.

Support for students

The State Government has announced a $13.8 million support package for South Australia’s international education sector.

The International Student Support Package will include:

  • $10 million fund for university students significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia;
  • A $500 emergency cash grant to other eligible international students significantly impacted by the restrictions, currently enrolled in a course and living in South Australia;
  • A one-off $200 assistance payment per student living with South Australian families provided to homestay families.

Visit Study Adelaide for more information.

Are you facing financial hardship?

JobSeeker Payments

Over the next six months, the Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, temporary COVID-19 supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight. This will be paid to both existing and new recipients of JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance Jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special BenefitAffected sole traders, casuals, freelancers and contractors can apply here.

JobKeeper Payments 
  • Sole traders, full time and part-time employees (including those who have been stood down) as well as casuals (who have been with their employer for the previous 12 months) are covered by this scheme, as outlined in the Prime Minister’s media release.
  • Sole traders can nominate themselves as the eligible business participant during the online enrolment process in the Business Portal or in ATO online services via myGov.
  • JobKeeper payments of a flat $1,500 before tax per fortnight will be made via the ATO to employers to pass onto their employees. The funds will be available in May, and backdated to 30 March.
  • The Centrelink partner income threshold has increased to $79,000, which will make a lot more people eligible for income support payments.

The Australian Commissioner of Taxation has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods to 31 May 2020. If you enrol by 31 May you will still be able to claim for the fortnights in April and May, provided you meet all the eligibility requirements for each of those fortnights.

The ATO’s new Tax inVoice podcast is an easy way to keep updated about the latest tax and super information and how you can meet your obligations. You may find this episode about JobKeeper for sole traders and other entities helpful. You can also read through their FAQs below.
Further resources 
  • The Australian Banking Association has information that may assist if you are experiencing financial hardship.
  • The Australian Government has set up a Jobs Hub to supporting businesses and those Australians looking for work. You can find advertised vacancies in the health and care sectors, transport and logistics, some areas of retail, mining and mining services, manufacturing, agriculture and government sectors, among others.
  • A loan guarantee scheme has been implemented to support small to medium-sized businesses. It is free to access and will be repayment-free for six months.
  • The Government is providing tax-free payments between $20,000 and $100,000 to eligible small to medium businesses and not-for-profits that employ people. These payments will help with cash flow so businesses can keep operating, pay bills and retain staff. Payment will be delivered by the ATO as an automatic credit in the activity statement system from 28 April 2020. Businesses can find out more here.
  • You are now able to draw on your superannuation and access up to $10,000 of your super if you need itHowever, we recommend you use this as a last resort since for many artists and arts workers there may not be much to draw fromIf you’re in a position to do so, we recommend preserving your super so you have access to it when you need it, during your retirement. 
  • Further details about the Federal Government’s support measures for can be found at the Australian Taxation Office website. 

Make sense of your finances

Are you trying to make sense of the Australian Government stimulus offerings? Is there such a thing as ‘too small’ in the small business stimulus?

If you are figuring out your next steps financially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, both the short and long term impact on your practice, In Real Terms with The Real Thiel is the webinar for you.  

Experienced Chartered Accountant Lauren Thiel (The Real Thiel) specialises in working with creatives and has been hosting free webinars to support the Guildhouse community through these difficult times.

If you are interested in participating in a webinar with Lauren, please get in touch and let us know via phone on 8410 1822 or email us at guildhouse@guildhouse.org.au.

Please note: To facilitate a conversational tone and participant interaction, places are limited to under 10 participants in each session.

Lauren has been sharing advice around COVID-19, including financial advice unpacking the latest government initiatives, on her blog. We recommend hopping over for some clear, concise tips.

Your Guildhouse insurance policy

If you are an Accredited or Allied member of Guildhouse, you may be wondering what your insurance policy covers.

The insurance policy attached to Guildhouse membership is a public liability and personal accident policy.

The personal accident component does not cover you for illness, including COVID-19. The policy relates to any accident that prevents you from working on your practice.

You can find out more about your insurance policy using our insurance fact sheets:

Guildhouse Accredited Member Insurance Fact Sheet

Guildhouse Allied Member Insurance Fact Sheet

Have your say

The Government needs to keeping hearing from creative practitioners and arts workers about the impact of COVID-19.
  • Share the impact of COVID-19 on your practice and the sector more broadly through this online survey developed by the Australian Design Centre on behalf of all of the organisations in the Australian Craft and Design Centres (ACDC) network.
  • Contact Australian Government’s Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and/or your local MP. NAVA has compiled a sample letter and plenty of tips on how to adapt it across different platforms. You can also find a list of industry information on COVID-19 impacts, statistics and specific stimulus priorities. Please use what you need to support your message using this Advocacy Toolkit. 
  • Take to social media. Tag your posts using #DontCancelCreativity and #supportartists however you can. 

Australian creative sector unites to secure our cultural life

Guildhouse joined over fifty of Australia’s leading arts, creative, cultural and entertainment industry bodies to send a clear message to the Prime Minister: act now to ensure that Australia’s cultural life survives COVID-19.

Targeted stimulus to a value of 2% of the $111.7 billion industry is urgently required to save hundreds of thousands of jobs and prevent business closures, so that Australia’s social and cultural life can adapt and survive through COVID-19’s perils.

The industry group’s letter was sent to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, key Government and Opposition Front Benchers, each state and territory minister for the arts or creative industries, and all lord mayors.

“At this most debilitating time in Australia’s cultural life, our creative, cultural and entertainment industries require urgent support to ensure that jobs and infrastructure survive to inspire Australians through this crisis – and well beyond,” the letter said.

“Cultural and creative activity contributes in excess of $110 billion to Australia’s economy each year, employing hundreds of thousands, with a high proportion of sole trader contractors, SMEs and casuals. Our audiences, here and around the world, number in the millions. Every day, we entertain, educate and inspire.

“Our venues and other programs have been closed down by government order, without any industry support. 

“Our work relies on gatherings, and national and international touring, both small and large, in remote locations, in regions and in cities. We were the first industry to be hit, with announcements of cancellations and closures making front-page news across the country. And we will be one of the last able to trade again.”

This collective response called for specific and urgent action for the creative sector.

Take care of yourself and your community

At this difficult time, please know that help is near.
  • The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service that is available to anyone working in the arts, who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.
  • The Australian Psychological Society has put together some useful strategies which can help both adults and children cope with the stress or anxiety experienced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text the helpline on 0477 13 11 14.  
  • Beyond Blue can be reached on 1300 224 636 and has a comprehensive list of national helplines and websites that you can use. 
  • For the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service call 1800RESPECT for their confidential information, counselling and support services.
  • The Zahra Foundation is available to assist South Australian women and children affected by domestic and family violence, empowering them and providing pathways towards economic independence.