Eligible creatives might include stand up comedians, musicians, writers, drag performers, and trivia night organisers.

A separate $1 million fellowship fund has been set up to help with the development of new works for when Sydney venues re-open their doors. Maximum grants of $20,000 could go to assist musicians, drama and dance artists to start new projects; and a $5,000 quick response grant could help companies put programs or workshops online.

A further $250,000 fund will support artist charities for “cultural workers in crisis”.

Cr Moore said it was ironic that the social distancing measures keeping the community safe where those that were devastating the city’s cultural life. She has not ruled out further support to assist recovery.

“The tragedy is that the music industry and live music venues went through a real downturn due to the lockout laws and there had been a real impact on the city’s cultural life,” she said.

“Just as we were getting that back on track and then this happened. Be it the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Theatre, or local pub bands, all the creative projects in our city have stopped, and it’s been devastating.”

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In the meantime, the Copyright Council has funded four online projects from 44 applications for its relief grants.

Those projects receiving $5,000 include journalist Nicole Abadee, for a weekly podcast, Books, Books, Books, and Booked Out Goes Online, offering online writers’ and illustrators’ events in Australian schools.

Caro Llewellyn will host Together – Remotely, an online forum to support writers, booksellers, and publishers affected by COVID-19, promoting books and writers who are missing out on their events, launches and signings.

Journalist Tracey Spicer is to curate a free webinar series called Wednesday Night Book Club, featuring interviews with reviewers Benjamin Law, Amal Awad, Caroline Overington and Australian women writers such as Mirandi Riwoe, Alice Pung and Imbi Neeme.



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