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Arts in Corrections and COVID-19

This page aims to support members of the Arts in Corrections Network, in particular, and anyone else working in the Arts in Corrections community. It will include updates on what people and organisations are doing, funding opportunities, helpful online tools and useful links. We welcome your feedback about what you would like to see here and anything you've seen that you would like to share with your colleagues. Please email Chris Ulutupu.

Award nominations deadline extended

Nominations to Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2020 have been extended until 5pm Friday 29 May. We encourage you to make your nominations but also appreciate the challenges you are facing. If you wish to make nominations to the Arts Access Maui Tiki a Taranga Award or the Arts Access Whai Tikanga Award, please discuss any concerns with Chris, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa.

Mental Health Support Line

For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text the 'Need to talk?' service on 1737. This service is free, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and gives you the chance to talk it through with a trained counsellor.

Funding support

Creative New Zealand Emergency Response Package

This package is specifically targeted at artists and arts organisations. Details were released on 24 March and the first phase includes a $16 million investment to buffer and support the arts community, with benefits extending well beyond the immediate crisis.  This initial rapid response funding will be available from 14 April and will be distributed to the sector through to 30 June 2020. Phase two, which will provide support beyond June 2020, will be explored at the April Arts Council meeting.  Read more

Government Support Package: Wage Subsidy

If you experience a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19, then you can apply for the wage subsidy.

How much you can get:

The COVID-19 Wage Subsidy will be paid at a flat rate of:

  • $585.80 for people working 20 hours or more per week
  • $350.00 for people working less than 20 hours per week.

The subsidy is paid as a lump sum and covers 12 weeks per employee.

This subsidy is designed to help businesses keep their staff in employment and as such there is a requirement that if you receive this subsidy you must make best efforts to retain employees and pay them a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidised period. For more information and to apply 

Tax relief

To support businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19, the Government is proposing to give Inland Revenue the discretion to write-off use of money interest (UOMI) on payments due on or after 14 February 2020 if a taxpayer’s ability to make a tax payment on time has been significantly adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This has similar criteria to the wage subsidy (30% decline in actual or expected revenue due to COVID-19). For further information 

If you are having trouble meeting your upcoming tax obligations this will offer some relief. The tax itself will still remain due but when you have the funds to pay the tax you can apply for a remission of the interest.

Arts Foundation funding initiatives support artists’ careers

The Arts Foundation has three funding initiatives: Boosted LIVEThe Arts Foundation Future Fund and the Springboard programme. . These initiatives provide opportunities for artists at a time when New Zealand’s creative sector needs urgent help, and New Zealanders need access to arts and culture more than ever. Boosted LIVE gives artists the opportunity to live stream their arts projects, and receive donations supporting them. The Arts Foundation Future Fund is a new initiative with the Foundation’s arts crowdfunding platform, Boosted. Projects that raise at least $1000 will be given a $1000 koha from the Future Fund. The inaugural Springboard programme has announced its six recipients for 2020. The artists are at a formative stage of their careers and receive the funding and mentorships they need to kick start a sustainable career in the arts. The press release is on the Arts Foundation website.

Business sustainability

Six-point approach to thinking and planning now

Tim Walker has spent three decades at the forefront of major change in New Zealand’s arts sector. With COVID-19 changing how the world works, he has provided a useful six-point plan for The Big Idea website on how artists and arts organisations could be thinking and planning now. Read When Planning is Hard, Plan We Must



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