Show Starter Loan Scheme

The Show Starter Loan Scheme provides creative economy businesses with loans to help them finance new productions and events for a live audience.

Close date: 16 Jun 2021.

What do you get?

Loans of between $100,000 to $5 million to fund up to 50% of a new arts and entertainment production or event.

Who is this for?

Established arts and entertainment businesses.


Under this scheme the government will guarantee 100% of new loans taken out by eligible arts and entertainment businesses to deliver new productions or events for live audiences. Loans are provided by participating lenders.

Loans can be used for any production or event for a live audience that involves:

  • the exhibition or showcasing of objects and sites of historical, or cultural interest
  • artistic works such as visual artworks, music, dance, story and other performance art festivals or concerts
  • the exhibition or showcasing of cultural or creative skills of general interest to a general audience
  • digital and/or online elements, provided they complement and are not the main component of the production or event

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an arts and entertainment entity
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic
  • have had an annual turnover of between $1 million and $120 million in the 2019–20 income year, and/or have a likely annual turnover of between $1 million and $120 million in the 2020–21 income year
  • be unable to fund your proposed activity without the assistance of this scheme

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Show Starter Loan Scheme.

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