Crisis relief grants

To be eligible for help, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have a valid working visa
  • Prove that you have been working professionally/in paid work in the Australian music industry for 3 years
  • Provide names and details of 2 professional referees who can verify your work in the music industry
  • Have household expenses which are greater than your household income
  • Be experiencing a crisis that is preventing you from working in the industry e.g. COVID-19 pandemic, ill-health, injury or mental health issues
  • Musicians (e.g. artists, composers, DJs, performers, singers, songwriters)
  • Managers (e.g. artist representatives, managers, personal managers)
  • Crew (e.g. light technicians, roadies, sound technicians, sound engineers, tour managers)
  • Music workers (e.g. A&R coordinators, record producers, music journalists, broadcasters)
  • Contact details – so we can contact you
  • Income details – your current income (salary, benefits, royalties 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 (we have a spreadsheet that can help you do this)
  • Expenses – a breakdown of your fortnightly expenses. These include things like rent/mortgage, groceries, medical costs, utilities, clothing, car, council rates, phone/internet and credit card payments. We will also ask you to list any outstanding debts or mortgage repayments
  • Copy of outstanding bills – as we will pay the supplier directly
  • 2 referees – we may contact your referees to verify that you have worked professionally in music. We will not disclose any details of your application to your referees
  • Evidence of your work history/professional career in music
  • Years of experience, date you began working in the industry
  • A description of the role(s) you perform
  • Links to your social media pages, event pages or websites showcasing your work

You may be asked to provide evidence such as your ABN, invoices of payment for work you have done or evidence that you have declared your earnings to the tax office

  • If you’re a sole trader you can apply for a Crisis Relief Grant, however it should be noted that Support Act grants are for personal necessities such as rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical costs and other necessities only. Support Act cannot provide grants for business expenses
  • Income details – Support Act recognises that as a sole trader it can be difficult to differentiate your personal income from your business income. For simplicity, when completing the income section of the application form, please include the profit you earn from operating your business as your income (ie: business income minus business expenses = sole trader profit). Please note that if you pay yourself a nominal wage from your business income, this does not form part of your business expenses. You will need to add any nominal wages that you pay to yourself back into your income calculation
  • Expenses – only include your personal living expenses in the relevant section of the application form e.g. rent/mortgage, food, utilities, clothing, medical bills. Business-related expenses should have already been deducted from your business income when completing the income section of the application form

Unfortunately due to funding, we are no longer able to support those working in the live performing arts industry, just those working in the professional music industry

Yes. If you have previously applied for and received a Crisis Relief Grant, you will need to wait 12 months before you can apply again, There is a maximum of two consecutive years eligibility and the presenting issue must be different from the previous grant.

Our advice is that it will not, but if in doubt, we advise you to consult with the relevant Government entity

Yes. Support Act abides by state and federal privacy laws and all of our staff are bound by a confidentiality agreement. This means that the information you provide will be treated confidentially at all times. No personal details of your application are disclosed to anyone outside of Support Act

No. All our grants are awarded on the basis that they do not need to be repaid. However, we do require you to inform us if your circumstances change during the application process

Yes. We will consider applications from dependents and prioritise assisting with expenses related to the care of children

Yes. We recognise that many people in our industry need to take on survival jobs to supplement their income. If your income from your work in music has been affected by the crisis, and your household income (including money earned from your survival job) is lower than your household expenses, we can help

Yes. Given your previous music career, you can apply provided your household income (including money earned from your survival job) is lower than your household expenses

No

Apply via the application form here

Once your application is received, it can take up to 21 days for one of our social work team to contact you to discuss your application

Support Act is the only organisation that provides crisis relief in the music industry, but there are many other arts grants that can be applied for throughout the year. While these grants are competitive and ours are not, they are definitely worth researching further. Check out BandZoogle and Good Intent for further information or visit the Australia Council for the Arts website here.

For performing arts grants, check out this comprehensive funding calendar by Auspicious Arts Projects here.

There are also a number of COVID-19 business support grants available from State Governments through their websites, so please visit the one relevant to you to find out more.

We can also help with the cost of funeral expenses for loved ones who have worked in the music industry. We are able to contribute up to $5,000 towards the cost of a funeral. You can apply here

If you have been affected by the floods in NSW and QLD and are in need of urgent financial support, please head to the Services Australia website for information on the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.

If your home was flood-affected and you require assistance to restore your property to a liveable condition or replace essential household items, you can now apply for the Back home grant. The grant is a one-off payment of up to $20,000 per property. It is available if you’re not able to claim costs of restoring damaged property or replacing essential household items under your insurance policy.

Rapid Response Flood Support is also available for musicians and other creatives via Arts Northern Rivers.

If you have lost equipment, contact Resound Music which currently partnering with the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Lismore to replace musical instruments lost in the recent 2022 floods.

Mental health support and programs

We provide a range of mental health support programs for all members of the music community, from free online workshops to Mental Health First Aid Training and Workplace Wellbeing Check-Ins. You can check out our latest programs here.

We also have a fantastic range of resources on the website that cover a range of topics from depression and anxiety to managing conflict and stress. Check them out here.

Check out our events page here or follow us on social media to find out the latest events and how to register.

Yes they’re open to everyone in the music industry.

If you still have questions and require assistance, please contact us at support@supportact.org.au