This festive season, we’re asking for your support again to help those in the industry who bring music to our lives.
After another difficult year, many continue to battle issues like financial insecurity, cost of living pressures and declining mental health.
That’s a wrap!
We’ve made it through another incredible Ausmusic T-Shirt Day!
To all of the workplaces, donors, fundraisers and media friends, we couldn’t do it without you! We can’t thank you all enough for supporting the cause so that we can continue to help music workers in need.
In music, every little bit matters, and you all really showed up and donated to the whopping tune of $654,668, a new record! We know there’s more to come too, so keep your eyes on the final total and don’t forget that it’s not too late to donate.
Victorian Government funding
We warmly welcome the announcement this morning from Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Colin Brooks, that the Victorian Government will provide $2 million over the next four years to support our services.
The funding will go towards supporting Victorian music workers through our crisis relief program; mental health and wellbeing programs; Mentally Healthy Workplaces Program; and the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline.
Willem Brussen announced as new First Nations Social Worker
Today, Support Act has announced the hire of Willem Brussen as its new First Nations Social Worker.
A proud Baramadagal/Burramattagal man of Dharug Country with Dutch, German, Irish and English ancestries, Willem has grown up and lives off-country on Wurundjeri Country.
Support Act Wellbeing Helpline
Need someone to talk to? The Wellbeing Helpline is here for you.
From mental health and wellbeing issues to career concerns, financial management and conflict resolution, the Helpline is here to support you.
Sometimes you just need to talk it out, and this is a massive step to take. Just know that we are here to support you every step of the way. Call the Helpline now on 1800 959 500.
‘Outside In’ Video and Portrait Series
A stellar line-up of Australian artists and industry have taken part in a brand new video and portrait series, ‘Outside In’ to raise awareness of the state of mental health in the music industry.
Episode seven see’s Catherine Alcorn chat about her experience as an actor, singer, producer and mum.
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.