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/performing arts for 3 years
  • Provide names and details of 2 professional referees
  • 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

 

*Please note that Non-COVID grants are for music workers only

  • Artists (e.g. composers, DJs, musicians, performers, singers, songwriters)
  • Artist 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)
  • Performing artists and creatives (e.g. actors, performers, dancers, comedians, drag artists, scriptwriters, directors)
  • Production and technical crew (e.g. stage managers, producers, riggers, AV operators, props, venue managers)
  • Management and administration (e.g. artistic directors, marketing, administrators, production managers, casting directors)
  • Sadly, film and tv workers are not included at this time.
  • Contact details – so we can contact you
  • Income details – 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 (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
  • Personal bank account details – if you are applying for a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant so we can pay your grant directly into your account, and a PDF statement of your personal account (no business accounts please) 
  • Copy of outstanding bills – if you are applying for a non-COVID grant  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
  • 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.

COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant funds must be used to pay your rent/mortgage, food, utilities, medical expenses or other personal necessities. Failure to do so could result in your grant being deemed assessable income.

Yes. If you have previously applied for and received a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant, you will need to wait six months before you can apply again. There is a limit of 3 grants per person.

No. If you have already received a COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grant as a music worker, you can not apply again as a performing arts worker. You can however reapply using the music worker application form after six months from the date you received your first grant payment.

Our advice is that provided the lump sum payment from Support Act is applied to crisis relief, it is not deemed to be assessable income. However, this advice is general in nature and is not a guarantee. 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/performing arts 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.

Music workers use the application form here.
Performing arts workers use the application form here.

It is generally a 21 day turnaround, but if there is anything missing from your application our social work team will contact you before that.
Please be advised that during COVID-19 we have been receiving a high number of applications, which means it can be up to 28 days before a social worker is in contact with 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 this link 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.

Yes, 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 and you can apply here.
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.

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