Support Act crisis relief tips from Lindy Morrison

Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

How to apply for Support Act Crisis Relief

Available to eligible musicians, crew and music workers experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID crisis

Support Act's Crisis Relief is there for music industry professionals who need financial assistance during this pandemic, and Support Act's National Welfare Coordinator and APRA AMCOS member Lindy Morrison explains who is eligible, how to apply and how to reach out.

Who should apply?

  • musicians, crew and music workers who are unable to access Government benefits due to eligibility or other issues, and
  • music workers who have been able to access Government benefits but are still facing financial hardship.

Are you eligible for a Crisis Relief Grant? If so, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have a valid working visa
  • prove that you have been working in the music industry for three years
  • provide names and details of two professional referees
  • have household expenses which are greater than your household income.

Support Act social workers will then contact you to discuss your application in a matter of days. You can contact them at 1300 731 303 with questions. Don't put off applying if you need assistance.

Support Act Wellbeing Helpline 1800 959 500

And, remember, if you are not coping, the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential phone counselling service, available 24/7 to anyone anywhere in Australia who works in the performing arts, music, or other creative industries.

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