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Support Act launches COVID-19 appeal for musos doing it tough

The Australian music industry needs your help and every little bit helps.

With literally thousands of jobs lost in recent weeks crisis relief charity Support Act has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise an ambitious target of $20million to lend a helping hand to artists, crew, and music workers who are currently doing it tough in the wake of recent festival, tour and concert cancellations and venue shutdowns.

“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,” the charity said in a statement.
“The vast majority of these workers are independent contractors who do not have the luxury of sick leave or annual leave. Most live from tour to tour, or gig to gig and they have lost their ability to earn an income through no fault of their own.”

The charity added that it had been inundated with requests for crisis relief while it’s Mental Health Helpline, which offers free counselling to those in need has also reported a surge in calls.

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.

Assistance can take the form of paying the rent or the mortgage, buying a bed or wheelchair, paying for car repairs, medical, dental, phone, electricity bills, or a credit card debt.

For more information on the Support Act COVID-19 Emergency Appeal and to donate, head here.

Head here for more information on the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline or phone 1800 959 500.

Written by Newcastle Live

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