Thanks to the support of the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act is delighted to invite live performing arts workers to apply for short term financial support as part of our Crisis Relief program. 

Please use the application form below to apply for a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant if your ability to work or earn an income has been affected by the recent lockdowns and restrictions.


To be eligible for a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have a valid working visa
  • prove that you have been working professionally in the performing arts industry for the past three years
  • provide names and details of two professional referees
  • have household expenses which are greater than your household income

Live Performing arts workers eligible for this grant include:

  • Performing artists and creatives
  • Production and technical crew
  • Management and administration

Please note that TV & Film workers are not included. To see a list of roles that are eligible, check out our Frequently Asked Questions here


Please note that this application form is for live professional performing arts workers only. If you work in music and have received a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant within the last 6 months, you are not eligible to apply again here.

What you will need to complete this application:

Our application will ask you for your contact details, your career bio and references and an explanation of the impact that COVID-related lockdowns and restrictions have had on your ability to earn an income.

You will need to provide an average of your income over the past 3 months (salary, benefits etc.) as well as the income for your household (if you live with a partner or have a family). We will ask you to break this down into fortnightly payments.

You will also be asked to provide a breakdown of your fortnightly expenses. These include things like rent/mortgage, groceries, medical costs, utilities, clothing, car, council rates, phone/internet, credit card payments etc.

We will also ask you to list any outstanding debts or mortgage repayments.

We encourage you to review your budget prior to commencing the form as this will make it quicker to complete. Try using this spreadsheet calculator that we have developed. It will really help you!

We will ask you to provide your bank account details so that we can pay you directly into that account.



If you need more help with your application please check our Frequently Asked Questions.

You can also watch this video by MusicNSW with our National Welfare Coordinator, Anne Jacobs, which takes you through the form step-by-step. Even though the audience for this video is the music industry, the information is equally relevant for performing arts workers.

If you can not find the answer to your question on our FAQs page or if there is any part of this application form that you do not understand or need to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in touch.