The COVID-19 pandemic has created intense financial hardship for everyone working in the music and performing arts industries across all genres. Many of you were the first to lose your jobs and your income, and our sector could well be the last to recover.


With continued funding support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts, Support Act is offering cash grants of $2,000 ($2,700 to families with dependent children) to music and performing arts workers called COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants (formerly known as MusicKeeper/CrewKeeper).

These grants are not a wage subsidy but a one-off payment to help pay the rent/mortgage, put food on the table, keep connected by paying power or phone bills, registering or servicing the car, paying medical expenses and so on.


We continue to provide support to those who are suffering financial hardship as a result of injury, ill-health or a mental health issue that is managed through a current Mental Health plan. We call these our Non-COVID Crisis Relief Grants.

Please note that Non-COVID Crisis Relief Grants are for music workers only.


To be eligible for a Crisis Relief Grant (COVID-19 or Non-COVID) you must:

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

There is no deadline to apply, however we strongly encourage those experiencing hardship to submit your application as soon as possible.  Our social workers will then contact you to discuss your application.

Please note: If you have previously applied for and received a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant, you will have to wait 6 months before you can apply for a further grant.


A couple of things to keep in mind when making your application:

  • Our grants are not competitive. They are available to everyone who meets our criteria
  • You can be receiving government benefits (including JobSeeker, Austudy, Disability Support) and still meet our criteria
  • You can apply even if you are a registered small business. We won’t fund your business, but we will provide support for household expenses
  • We only contact your referees if we need to verify that you work professionally in music/performing arts. We will not disclose any information about your application
  • Please don’t be embarrassed to apply for crisis relief. We are living in unprecedented times and everyone recognises the devastating impact of the pandemic on the live music/performing arts industries. If you need support, we are here to help



Check out our testimonial video to see how our Crisis Relief Grants have helped others across all genres of the music industry.


Our social work team has grown over the past year, as we process a massive increase on the number of requests for crisis relief. We wanted to introduce you to a couple of members of our hard working team, as these are some of the people you might be dealing with when you apply.

Anne Jacobs

Anne is our National Welfare Coordinator. She has been with Support Act since 2019. He she tells us why she loves her job so much!

Tim Coutts-Smith

Tim joined Support Act last year to help ensure that we provide crisis relief to all who need it as we continue to battle the pandemic.


The Board and staff of Support Act would like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.

*Disclaimer: Any information or resources published or given to you by or on behalf of Support Act is general information and does not constitute financial advice. Support Act does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information and such information is given without reference to your particular circumstances. Support Act is not a financial adviser and you should consider seeking independent legal, financial or taxation advice to check how the information relates to your unique situation.