Special Notice: Arts and Culture Support Package
Tēnā koutou katoa Museums Aotearoa members
We are pleased that Aotearoa New Zealand’s museums and galleries will be receiving additional targeted funding as part of the Arts and Culture support package announced by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni today.
We know that many of you will be pleased to see an increase to the Museum Hardship Fund, which has provided essential support to a large number of smaller organisations in the sector and we are also pleased to see that organisations (such as museums and galleries) who deliver and host events are able to receive additional support through both the relief and confidence funds.
Museums Aotearoa will receive $400,000 as part of this package and this will resource the organisation to increase its capacity to address strategic priorities.
The Museums Aotearoa Board have been in frequent contact with Manatū Taonga throughout the Delta outbreak and have been able to share the immediate impacts on operations as well as signal the risks and challenges on the horizon for our sector.
We heard the strong message from members that support is needed to build resilience and capability to meet the challenges of Delta now, but also to address the long-tail impacts that may shape or threaten the sustainability and viability of our organisations in the longer term.
Thank you to those of you who responded to our recent survey. This data helped us to tell the stories of our members and advocate for support.
Our intent is use this funding to undertake critical research and planning on priorities for our membership. For example, research that supports our input into the Future for Local Government Review.
The Board will be considering our approach in detail over the next couple weeks and we will be looking for input and sense-checking from the wider member networks.
The Board is grateful for the advocacy of the wider arts and culture sector, who worked collectively on support for our sector.
Museums Aotearoa Board