COVID-19 CRISIS RELIEF GRANTS
Applications for live performing arts workers are now open!
Thanks to the support of the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act is now offering COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants to live performing arts workers including theatre, dance and circus (sorry, film and TV is not included) as well as music workers.
COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants are valued at $2,000 for individuals and $2,700 for families with dependent children and are available to anyone working professionally in music or the performing arts, provided they meet a set criteria.
Please note, you cannot apply for both grants and music workers cannot reapply within 6 months of receiving a previous COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant.
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!
ETHICAL BYSTANDER TRAINING
Be part of much-needed change in the music industry by learning the skills required to call out and intervene when witness to derogatory comments, harassment or violent conduct.
Whether you’re in the studio, at a festival, in an office or in a zoom meeting, we all have a role in preventing sexual violence.
The free, online training is 9.30am -12.00pm with four available training dates.
Register now, spaces are limited.
Our next On My Mind First Nations event, Yarning Strong – Keeping Mob Mentally Healthy, is on 1 October.
Join co-hosts Mitch Tambo and Support Act’s Community Engagement & Social Worker, Cerisa Grant, with special guests Deborah Cheetham AO, Jimmy Kyle and Jedison from Access EAP to discuss the issues of mental health, suicide and self-harm.
All First Nations people in the music community are invited to attend.
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.