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Creative New Zealand can now confirm its Emergency Response Package, announced on Friday in response to COVID-19, will include a first phase $16 million investment to buffer and support the arts community, with benefits extending well beyond the immediate crisis.
Creative New Zealand’s governing body, the Arts Council, has empowered the national arts development agency to establish a multi-million-dollar Emergency Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.
The Big Idea speaks to Creative New Zealand about their timeline for COVID-19 support - with a checklist of what to do next and where to find the info.
We’re acutely aware of the hardship that COVID-19 has already caused and will continue to cause to the arts community. Our thoughts are with you and your whānau, as well as the other sectors, people and communities who are heavily affected.
We’re currently concerned, but not alarmed, about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and are watching the situation closely. We regard this as a serious issue because of its impact on health and wellbeing and have engaged with the Audit and Risk Committee of the Arts Council in shaping our response.
Creative New Zealand acknowledges the announcement by the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC) Commission today, Tuesday 3 March, to postpone the 2020 festival due to growing global concerns over COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).