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Support Act welcomes additional $20m to support Music & Arts Individuals

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10 Aug 2021

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In a media release today, music industry charity Support Act has welcomed an additional $20 million handout to assist music industry and performing arts workers who are struggling with the ongoing impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extra funding, announced today by Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, will allow Support Act to continue to bring much-need relief to those who have lost work, gigs and their livelihoods from ongoing lockdowns and restrictions on the music industry.

The charity has committed to expand its crisis relief program to incorporate live performing arts workers as well, namely from theatre, dance and circus, at the request of the Government.

Support Act’s CEO, Clive Miller, acknowledges that it is a difficult time for everyone in the creative and live performance sector, and not just those in the music industry.

“Lockdowns and restrictions are impacting music and performing arts workers around the country, and many are falling through the cracks when it comes to the other federal and state funds available.”, Miller says.

“What’s clear is that the impacts of the Delta variant are going to be felt for quite some months and this additional support from the Government will help to ensure that more people are able to access our crisis relief and mental health and wellbeing services.”

Formerly known as MusicKeeper/CrewKeeper, Support Act’s COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants will provide $2,000 for individuals and $2,700 for families with dependent children.

If you work professionally in music or performing arts, and meet the selection criteria, you can apply online for the grant from August 23.

To date, Support Act has already provided $10.9m in 4,506 grants for artists, artist managers, crew and music workers. The additional $20m announced today could see up to 10,000 more lifeline grants provided.

The industry charity has also developed an array of life-saving mental health and wellbeing programs for additional support, including Mental Health First Aid Training, Workplace Wellbeing Check-Ins, financial wellbeing training and more.

If you or someone you know is struggling, the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential phone counselling service, available 24/7 that you can use. It’s available to anyone anywhere in Australia who works in music, the performing arts or other creative industries. It’s accessible 365 days per year by calling 1800 959 500 within Australia.

Support Act also provides a dedicated Helpline for First Nations artists, crew and music workers, which can be accessed by calling 1800 959 500 (Option 3) between 8am to 6pm AEST Monday to Friday.

If you or someone you care about is in crisis or at immediate risk, dial 000.

Photo: Tim Mossholder

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