We know it can be hard asking for help. We treat every request for help confidentially and make no judgement about people’s circumstances. Be assured that no personal details of your application are disclosed to our board of directors or to anybody outside Support Act.

Please use the application form below to apply for either a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant (formerly known as MusicKeeper/CrewKeeper) or a Non-COVID Crisis Relief Grant if you are unable to work due to injury, illness or a mental health issue.

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.

Applications for live performing arts workers are accessible here.


Please note that this application form is for professional artists, artist managers, crew and music workers only. What you will need to complete this application:

Our Crisis Relief Grant application will ask you for your contact details, your career bio and references, and an explanation of the crisis you are experiencing.

You will need to provide your current annual income (salary, benefits, royalties etc) as well as the annual 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 break down 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!

If you are applying for a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant (formerly known as MusicKeeper/CrewKeeper) we will also ask you to provide your bank account details, a copy of your Bank Statement and a photo of your proof of Identity, e.g. Driver’s Licence

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help.



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.

If you have any problems completing the online application, you can download and print a PDF version, which you can submit via email or post. Please be aware this process takes a little bit longer so it is preferable if you can submit your application using the online form above.

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.