ALP music policy commits to support Wellbeing Helpline

The Australian Labor Party has committed $6 million over 5 years to Support Act to develop and deliver a comprehensive mental health program for people throughout the music industry; and to support our ongoing Crisis Relief Services as part of their “Soundtrack Australia – Turning up the Volume” music policy. The policy will be implemented if they win Government at the next election.

The recent Music and Arts Economy in New South Wales Report has also recommended that the NSW Government provide appropriate on-going funding to Support Act to facilitate their work in supporting musicians and music industry workers particularly in regards to their mental health.

It caps off a busy 6 first months for the Wellbeing Helpline, which has provided free, confidential counselling support to almost 100 people. The response to the service has been extremely positive, as evidenced by the following feedback: 

“I am a long time music manager and have recently had a great experience with the helpline. One of my artists has been going through a difficult time, it recently came to a head and I was not sure how to assist. The helpline was of great assistance in helping the artist through the crisis and also supporting me through this time. This is such a great innovation for the music industry and am very thankful they were there in the time of need.”

Another major highlight was the Tune Ups – Mindfulness for Musos and More campaign, a look into how people in the Australian music industry (singer songwriters, stage managers, and agency heads) practise ways to look after their mental health and wellbeing. Presented by Levi’s and Support Act and produced by VICE, the campaign reached 1.3M people via social media, with 2.3M social and media impressions and 338K video views. 

We also presented our Managing Mental Health Workshop at BIGSOUND and during ARIA Week; and we thank APRA AMCOS for sending the Wellbeing Helpline phone number – 1800 959 500 – by SMS to all their members. 

Bill Shorten at launch of ALP Music Policy on 33 Nov 2018