Funding Sustainability

State/territory funding for artists is a key source of financial assistance

Around three in ten practising professional artists received a grant, prize or other funding between 2004 and 2009 (29 percent).

State/Territory agencies were the most applied to source of financial assistance. Additionally, applications to state/territory agencies had the highest success rate, with six in ten applicants receiving funding.

Just over 2 in 10 artists applied for a grant, prize or other funding from Australia Council, but less than half of those were successful (43 percent success rate).

Figure 76 - Sources of financial assistance applied for between 2004 and 2009

Applied (%)Approved (%)Success rate (%)
State / Territory agency261660
Australia Council21943
Arts organisation or company17951
Local government11655
Private foundation10443
Non arts organisation or company5348