MUSICKEEPER AND CREWKEEPER GRANTS
In response to the additional funding announced by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts on 25 March, Support Act has announced a new category of crisis relief funding called “MusicKeeper” and “CrewKeeper”.
These one off cash grants of $2,000 ($2,700 for families with dependent children) will not replace JobKeeper, which wound up on 28 March, but are intended to cushion the blow for artists, crew and music workers from all genres who remain largely unable to earn income due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions designed to protect public health.
Anyone in need of financial support, and meets our current criteria, is strongly encouraged to apply for these grants via the link below. (Please note, if you have already received a Crisis Relief Grant you will be re-invited to apply after 6 months).
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
With support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act are bringing the nationally-accredited Mental Health First Aid training to artists, crew and music workers all around Australia this year.
You’ll learn how to:
+ Recognise common mental health issues
+ Provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan
+ Respond in a Mental Health crisis situation
+ Seek appropriate professional help
Register now. Sessions are filling quickly and the feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive!
HEAD FIRST 2021
On Thursday 7 October, Australia’s music industry will gather for the first ever Head First mental health conference presented by Support Act, held at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Sydney.
HELP A MATE
Support Act’s Help A Mate service provides an opportunity for friends, family and/or work colleagues to raise money for an artist, roadie or music worker who is in need or suffering hardship or distress.
Our latest campaign is in support of Louis Tillett – a musician whose name and music have been synonymous with the Sydney Live and Underground music scene for the past four decades.
This campaign is seeking to raise funds for the treatment of a Kidney condition that has been affecting Louis for some time, and more acutely, since the start of 2021, for which he is currently hospitalised.
ON MY MIND
On My Mind is Support Act’s monthly workshop series exploring mental health and wellbeing for those who work in music, and featuring mental health educators and real life discussion about issues that impact the way people in music live, work and thrive. Previous topics have included; managing anxiety & depression, the importance of self-care, conflict resolution, creativity and motivation.
On August 13, Support Act is running the next instalment of On My Mind – ‘Why Can’t Everyone Get Along?: Managing Relationships & Conflict Resolution’.
HOW CAN I HELP?
If you would like to make an individual or company donation, please visit our donate page. A recurring monthly or annual donation is a great way to ensure your ongoing support. All donations are tax deductible.
There are many ways to fundraise: hold an event (when conditions allow); donate a percentage of sales from products, services or merchandise; or set up a donation page on social media for your birthday or other special occasion. Please make sure you register with us first.
Help A Mate provides an opportunity to raise money for an artist, roadie or music worker who is in need or suffering hardship or distress. This could be through a dedicated appeal or a fundraising event. Find out more.
If you would like to leave Support Act a gift in your Will or should you decide to include Support Act as a beneficiary, we provide more information here. You can also call our CEO Clive Miller on 1300 731 303.
Music workers are a proud and resilient bunch, and some can be reluctant to seek help, even though they might be in financial distress or just need to talk to someone about their wellbeing. If you know someone who needs our help, please encourage them to contact us.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Whether you want to learn how to give or get help, look after your own own wellbeing or hear how others in the music community have overcome challenges, this is for you.