20.03.2020 COVID-19: Resources for artists and arts workers
The impact of cancellations of public gatherings and events due to the COVID-19 pandemic is devastating for artists, performers, arts workers and business owners working in the arts and culture sector.
Almost overnight, thousands of people have lost an income and had their future income thrown into uncertainty. While we are lobbying government for financial support for individuals affected, a concrete plan/strategy from government has not been forthcoming.
We will continue to look for ways to support and advocate for artists during this sector-wide crisis. In the meantime, here are some resources to help you through.
Data speaks: record the impact with #ilostmygigau
In a national initiative supported by the Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association with a host of industry partners, I Lost My Gig Australia is tallying up the impact of the cancellation and postponement of events. You can join the hundreds of thousands of respondents and record your experiences at ilostmygigau.net.au
This record is vital to help make the case to government for urgent support.
Connect with Support Act
Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health concern, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. Through Support Act, you can access financial help, information on their COVID-19 Crisis Relief and support from professional counsellors on their Helpline which is available 24/7, 365 days a year. You’ll find Support Act here.
Stay up to date
Staying plugged into the 24/7 news cycle can be exhausting at the moment, but staying up to date on what’s happening in the sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic will help you plan for what’s next. Creative Victoria and the Australia Councilhave dedicated pages on their websites that are updated regularly to collate all available and relevant information as it becomes available.