Our music workers need your support this End of Financial Year

The last few years of bushfires, pandemic and flooding have decimated the live music industry.

Our service users tell us that despite living with the pandemic becoming the ‘new normal’, they’re still struggling. They’re being paid less than before; there’s increased competition for venues, gigs and ticket sales; they’re still getting COVID and having to cancel or postpone shows; and their mental health continues to decline. 

Recovery, it seems, is still a long way off for many.

Justin, a crew worker from WA, told us: “You guys were there like knights in shining armour and just saved us. A lot of people were close to suicide and couldn’t make ends meet. You’ve saved a lot of people.” Here’s his story:

Sadly, Justin is just one of thousands of music workers who are desperately struggling right now.

In a recent survey undertaken by Support Act1, 66 per cent of participants had high/very high levels of psychological distress, which is more than four times that found in the general population, and over a third reported incomes from their work in music/live performing arts below the poverty line. There is still clearly so much to do and that’s why we need your help.

Over the past 2 years, thanks to the support of generous donors like yourself, along with funding from the Australian and NSW Governments, we’ve provided more than 16,000 crisis relief grants, and mental health and wellbeing support to tens of thousands of music workers in need. 

But unfortunately those funds have now been expended, which is why we urgently need your support this End Of Financial Year. 

If you can, please help us help our community and consider a one-off or recurring monthly/annual donation on or before 30 June.

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1 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Music and Live Performing Arts survey, May 2022.

Pictured: Sydney musician, Declan Kelly