Music industry and performing arts workers welcome $ 20 million in funding from Australian government

Live music and performance professionals have been among the hardest hit since the start of the pandemic. When the construction industry closed for a few weeks with little financial support following the Delta outbreak in New South Wales, Australia’s music and performing arts industry collectively declared : “Hold my beer”.

So the national charity of the music industry Support law is pleased to welcome an additional $ 20 million in funding announced by the Australian government through the Office for the Arts to help the music industry and performing arts workers who are struggling due to the continued impacts of Covid.

The latest round of funding will allow the charity to continue to provide much needed relief to those in the music industry who have lost their jobs, concerts and livelihoods due to lockdowns and restrictions in Classes.

“It’s a tough time for everyone working in the creative industry right now and especially those working in the performing arts,” says Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act. “The lockdowns and restrictions are impacting music and performing arts workers across the country, and many fall through the cracks when it comes to other federal and state funds available. “

At the request of the government, the association will also expand its crisis relief program to include performing arts workers, namely those working in theater, dance and circus. This news offers some hope following the announcement that the set The Sydney Fringe Festival has been canceled, in addition to the cancellation of the new Melbourne Rising Festival earlier this winter, the Sydney closure and postponement Hamilton season, several STC and MTC shows, and Opera Australia The Phantom of the Opera.

“What is clear is that the impacts of the Delta variant will be felt for a few months and this additional government support will help ensure that more people can access our health and crisis relief services. mental and well-being, ”says Meunier.

Applications for performing arts workers will be open from August 23, once the Support Act has had the opportunity to modify its existing processes and recruit additional support staff. Requests from music workers will continue to be processed as normal.

The Support Act’s Covid-19 Crisis Relief Grants (formerly known as MusicKeeper or CrewKeeper) are valued at $ 2,000 for individuals and $ 2,700 for families with dependent children. The scholarships are now available to anyone working professionally in the field of music or the performing arts, provided they meet a set of criteria. To date, the Support Act has processed 4,506 crisis relief grants to artists, artist directors, crews and music workers for a total value of $ 10.9 million.

The Crisis Relief Grant online application form, as well as other aids and resources, are available at The Support Act Welfare Hotline, Managers Hotline, and First Nations Hotline are all accessible by calling 1-800-959,500.

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