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Third Phase of Relief Funding for Arts and Culture Sector on the Cards

January 22, 2021

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

The sports, arts and culture department is fast-tracking a third phase of relief funding for the arts and culture sector.

In a statement, the department added that it will “continue all efforts to aid the plight of artists affected by this pandemic that is taking lives and livelihoods, compromising the dignity of our practitioners and preventing them from fully living out their passion within the arts”.

Currently, two phases of the Covid-19 Relief Fund have been implemented.

In the first phase, 5000 practitioners were recommended and over R80 million paid out.

In the second phase, as of 14 December 2020, R2 million was paid out.

Other relief funding includes 3,658 practitioners benefitting from the Solidarity Fund with a total of nearly R9 million paid out and, in partnership with the small business development department, over R5 million paid out to practitioners within the sector, with a further estimated R13 million to be disbursed by the end of March 2021.

The department also announced that, in conjunction with the appointed service provider, an implementation plan to provide an Artist Wellness Programme to the sector to “deal with the emotional and psychological impact of their challenges” is being developed.

Other enhancement interventions such as personal or business financial management, legal support and lifestyle management will also be provided.

Detail on the third phase of the Covid-19 Relief Fund and the Artist Wellness Programme will be issued in due course.