We are pleased to report that our social work team has awarded $4million in crisis relief grants to 1,335 artists, crew and music workers since the start of the pandemic.
The grants have been a lifesaver to music workers across all genres, helping to pay the rent/mortgage, power and other utility bills, medical expenses, car payments, kid’s school fees and more.
We recognise that it can be hard for people to seek help, and congratulate all those who have submitted an application.
Our grants are not competitive and are available to anyone who has worked professionally in the industry for at least 3 years, and whose current annual expenditure exceeds their current annual income. This is the case for many households, even those who are receiving government benefits.
Christmas Appeal puts food on the table for 1,204 service users
We would like to thank everyone who donated to make last year’s Christmas Appeal such an outstanding success.
Thanks to your support, we were able to help put food on the table for 1,204 individuals and families through food vouchers valued at $350,000.
We only wish we could share more of this feedback with you:
You guys just saved my family Christmas! I didn’t know how I was going to afford food over this holiday period and now I can feed my kids!
That is the most nicest thing I have received for Xmas in a long time, I don’t know what to say. I am so grateful for your organisation.
Oh my goodness. How unexpected. Thank you so very much. This has given me a little glimmer in the peak of my depression.
Thank you so much for this unexpected bonus. Unbelievable! I’m sitting here with tears on my own and no plans for any celebrations anywhere as I simply have no funds to make any plans so it’s really appreciated.
ON MY MIND is back for 2021!
Go get ‘em: Setting smart goals and how to smash them!
Got lots you want to do, but don’t know where to start? This workshop explores goal setting, and empowers you to put together a practical action plan.
ON MY MIND is a free online workshop series presented with support from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts and American Express Music Backers, exploring the ins and outs of mental health and wellbeing for musicians, crew and music workers in the Australian music industry.
ON MY MIND is presented by psych researcher and provisional psychologist Ash King, with each session guiding attendees through interactive activities and evidence-based strategies to help you deal with your mind, emotions and behaviour.
Our first workshop for 2021 is taking place this Friday 12 February at 12.45pm AEDT. Click here to register.
Music from the Home Front raises $207,730
We are delighted to announce that last year’s Music from the Home Front concert resulted in donations of more than $207,730 to help artists, crew and music workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The concert, which was conceived and implemented by Michael Gudinski and the Mushroom Group in 9 days last April, and watched by more than 1.4 million people on Anzac Day, was a major rallying call to the industry and the Australian community as we were developing our responses to this new and unprecedented threat to our lives and livelihoods.
While the concert itself was not a fundraiser, net proceeds from all sales of the triple album CD, vinyl and downloads have been donated to Support Act, along with net income from merch sales. A number of donations were also received.
Our sincere thanks to Michael Gudinski, the Mushroom Group and all the artists who participated in this historic event.
Desk Tape Series Helping Roadies
The Australian Road Crew Association (ARCA) continues with its Desk Tape Series – live shows by major Australian acts taped for perpetuity by their sound engineers – to raise funding for road crew that may need help before, during and after the COVID-19 crisis.
Make sure you catch up with these latest releases.
Crowded House Live 1992-94 Part One
Crowded House Live 1992-94 Part Two
Doug Parkinson and the Southern Star Band, Gobbles, Perth 1979