Support Act Music Charity announces COVID-19 Emergency Appeal with $20 million target.
Many arts workers may not have even heard of Support Act before recent events. But you can bet that most have by now. 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 problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. And with those sectors being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re more needed than they have ever been before. Thousands of jobs have been lost in recent weeks as a result of the cancellation of concerts, festivals, tours and shows. Reported losses across the sector amount to well over $100 million and are rising daily.
While clearly necessary to protect the health of the nation, these cancellations have affected a huge array of music industry workers including artists, crew, management, promoters, agents, vendors, publicists, merchandisers, drivers, loaders, riggers and everyone else who relied on live events for their income.
Support Act is already being inundated with requests for crisis relief from people who have gone from having seemingly secure income over the coming months to suddenly having no way to pay their bills. Their Mental Health Helpline which provides free counselling to those in need is also reporting a surge in calls.
Many of the people who find themselves in this position are the same artists, crew and music workers who donated their time and talent to support others by staging benefit shows following the bushfire crisis just a few months ago.
As the most prominent music industry charity, Support Act is committed to doing what it can to help those in need but our resources are limited. They urgently need to build our own war chest in order to provide even a modest level of crisis relief to people who have been impacted.
Support Act have therefore launched the COVID-19 Emergency Appeal to accept donations from all sections of the Australian community. The target for the Appeal is $20million and Support Act has contributed $100k from its limited reserves to kickstart the campaign.
To donate, please visit the dedicated appeal page.
Music lovers across the country, please support this appeal where possible, to help Support Act raise the funds that will be needed to meet the expected demand. This could be through a direct donation or by directing proceeds from your own fundraising activities.