I have been offered the opportunity to take over a dance facility at the start of next year and potentially keep what students they have left. Are there any grants I could access to start up my own dance business in 2021? What covid-19 relief is available for studios in case of a 3rd wave next year? Would I be eligible for these as a new business? Do you have any resources for starting a dance studio?

Ausdance has developed many resources for and with Dance Studio Owners, teachers and artists. These range from a Code of Ethics to Child Safe Dance Practices, Parents Code of Behaviour and Professional business practice guides.

Some Local Governments (Councils) offer start up grants for new businesses. Visit your Council’s website for details and contacts.

Speak with Business Victoria and visit their website for a range of grants and other opportunities. Speak with your accountant to ensure your business is set up in a way that enables you to apply for suitable grants or stimulus measures.