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).

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Support Act’s original series of short films goes into the deeply personal mental health journeys of some of Australia’s biggest and emerging names in music, asks what it took to take control of their own wellbeing and what they do now to stay on track.

Made From Melbourne is raising funds for Support Act.

Melbourne is the live music capital of the world, with more live music played on more stages than any other city. However, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on our thriving scene. The artists, venues and the music communities now need our help.

Of Victoria’s music workers in 2020:

  • 80% said their involvement in the industry would be different post-COVID.
  • 74% said their income had decreased.
  • 44% lost all music-related work.
  • 57% were worried about paying for basics like rent and food.
  • During the pandemic, the number of full-time musicians in Victoria dropped from 34% to 7%
  • Australian musicians are 21% more likely to experience mental health issues.

Impact on the industry:

  • Since the pandemic, Australia has lost $345 million in revenue from cancelled live shows.
  • 274,000 gigs and music events cancelled.
  • The average Australian freelance musician lost $4,800 per month during COVID-19.
  • Prior to COVID, Vic’s live music contributed $1.5b to our economy & drew 18m patrons p.a.
  • …with venues reporting 70% loss of revenue, this equates to at least $1 billion less being contributed to Vic’s economy from live music.


Support Act is pleased to facilitate a culturally safe experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, crew and music workers through the establishment of the Support Act First Nations Dedicated Support Line.

What we do

Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief and mental health & wellbeing services to artists, crew and music workers who are doing it tough. We also develop and implement mental health prevention, education and training programs.

About Support Act

Get Help

You can get help by applying for financial support if you are an artist, crew or music worker in crisis. We will also contribute to the cost of a funeral.

Contact the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline if you are concerned about any aspect of your mental Health; and check out our Resources page to discover industry specific mental health videos, training options, articles and other cool stuff.

Get Help

Give Help

You can give help by making an individual or company donation, fundraising, leaving a gift to us in your Will, and by spreading the word about our services to anyone in need. See below for more information.

Give 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.

Make a Bequest

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.


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.

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