I meet your criteria but I hate the idea of asking for charity.
We understand. Whilst Support Act is a charity, we prefer to think of any financial help we are able to give as a grant, awarded in acknowledgement of your contribution to Australian music. You can expect to be treated in a dignified and respectful way, by knowledgeable well-trained staff. We will always respect your privacy.
I am professional musician but I can’t get work and have no money. Can you help?Whilst we understand that obtaining work can be an ongoing challenge for many people in music, our aim is to help people who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis. Therefore, if you are out of work for reasons other than these, we cannot provide assistance.
My partner was a professional musician before he died leaving me as a single parent. Can you help?
Yes. We will consider applications from dependents and prioritise assisting with expenses related to the care of children.
My expenses are higher than my income but I do have some savings. Can I apply?
Not usually. If you have financial resources besides income available to you, we would not normally give a grant. But if using your savings leaves you with a shortfall, we will consider your application.
My friend has worked as a singer all his life. He has a drink problem and can no longer work but feels too embarrassed to apply for help.
We understand. We make no judgements about people’s circumstances and all applications are treated confidentially. Please encourage your friend to apply.
I worked as a composer for over 40 years before retiring. I own my house but do have not sufficient money to pay for a specially adapted bed which my doctor says I need since developing arthritis. Can I apply?
Yes. Owning your home does not disqualify you. But we will ask you to state the approximate value of your home. In those rare cases where an applicant owns valuable secondary assets such as a second home we will be unable to help.
I am a music teacher who has stopped working due to illness. Can I apply for financial relief?
Yes. But please bear in mind that to qualify for financial relief, your household expenses must exceed your household income. This might not be the case if you have an employer paying sickness benefit.
I have been on your website and realise I know some of your board directors. How can I be certain they won’t know I have applied for help?
We understand that the music industry can feel like a small world. Support Act abides by state and federal privacy laws and all of our staff are bound by a confidentiality agreement. This means that the information you provide will be treated confidentially at all times. No personal details of your application are disclosed to our board of directors or to anybody outside the organisation.
Can you assist with funeral expenses?
Yes, we are able to contribute towards the cost of funerals.
Why do you ask me to provide the names and contact details of two referees?
When you apply, we will contact your referees to verify that you have worked professionally in music. We will not disclose any details of your application to your referees.
Do I have to be Australian?
To qualify for our help you need to be a citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
I have received help from Support Act in the past but need help again. Can I reapply?Yes, provided it is more than 12 months since your last application. But we ask you to bear in mind that because our resources are limited we prioritise new applications.
I have only been working in music for two years but I have stopped working because of illness. Can I apply for help?
Unfortunately not. Our priority is help those who have worked in the music industry for five years or longer. If we are unable to offer financial relief, you may still qualify for advice and practical assistance.
I owe a friend some money. Can you help?
Unfortunately not. When we offer financial relief, we will pay bills and debts directly to the creditors concerned. We cannot make the payment to you, or to another person.
I have played in an orchestra all my life but I also drive a van to help ends meet. I’m off work now due to an accident. Can I apply?
Yes. We recognise that many music professionals need to take survival jobs to supplement their income from music. Provided your household income – including money earned from a survival job – is lower than your household expenses, we can help.
I am a student but I also play in a band. I don’t have any money. Can you help?
No. Whilst we understand that many people start out in music whilst studying, our aim is to help music professionals who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work.
Can you give me advice about how to make a living from music?
Unfortunately not. But our website is regularly updated with the details of organisations that can.
Am I required to re-pay financial relief I receive when I return to work?
No. All our grants are awarded on the basis that they do not need to re-paid. However, we do require you to inform us if your circumstances change during the application process.
Do I need to be a Support Act member to apply?
Where we cannot help
Whilst we understand that obtaining work can be an ongoing challenge for many people working in music, our aim is to help people who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis. Therefore, if you are out of work for reasons other than these, we cannot provide assistance.
We are able to contribute towards the costs of funerals. Please contact us for more information.