The Tasmanian Government understands the importance of Tasmania’s vibrant cultural and creative sector, and today I am proud to announce the launch of the Cultural and Creative Industries Recovery Strategy: 2020 and Beyond.

We remain committed to our cultural economy, and recognise that a productive cultural and creative sector provides both economic and social value to the community, by enhancing lifestyles and creating opportunities now more than ever before.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cultural and creative industries was one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Tasmania.

Our Cultural and Creative Industries Recovery Strategy (the Recovery Strategy) has been in development for some time, with significant consultation for the original Strategy initially undertaken throughout 2019 and early 2020, and then necessarily delayed but enhanced due to the impact of COVID-19 and to sufficiently address our recovery.

The intention for this Recovery Strategy is to support our sector and encourage innovative ways of working and communicating the value of the Arts sector to the Tasmanian community as it recovers from COVID-19 and beyond.

This will enable creativity, connect people with opportunities, and share the stories of the cultural and creative industries.

Creativity is fundamental to our Tasmanian way of life. The cultural and creative industries are integral to the story of Tasmania.

The 2020-21 State Budget confirms our Government’s strong support for our cultural and creative industries by providing an additional $4 million funding for the arts, including:

  • $2.5 million over two years for an arts and cultural support fund to support artists and arts organisations who have not been able to earn the income they had planned due to cancelled engagements and terminated contracts through the COVID-19 period, and to produce new work for new markets;
  • $1 million over two years to support a brand new program of Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) to deliver long-term improvements in social health and wellbeing through partnerships – that address health, disability, justice and education priorities – between the arts and community sectors; and
  • $500,000 over two years for Screen Tasmania’s Screen Innovation Fund, to drive the production of strategically important film and television projects in Tasmania, by leveraging investment from outside Tasmania.

For more information or for a copy of the Recovery Strategy, please visit the Department of State Growth website at: https://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/ctd/home

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts