Support for Arts Professionals

A number of organisations provide support for musicians, artists and arts workers. During these challenging times for the arts industry, many have set up services to deal specifically with the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on the arts community. If you are aware of any other services that might be helpful to the arts community, please contact us to let us know.

Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (QLD) | The Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc. has been in existence in Queensland for over forty years and during that time has been able to assist hundreds of performers who for one reason or another have fallen on hard times and needed a helping hand.

Actors Benevolent Fund of New South Wales | Through compassionate and confidential support, the Actors Benevolent Fund of New South Wales helps entertainment professionals throughout NSW maintain their health, dignity and ability to work.

Arts Law | Arts Law have prepared a COVID-19 FAQ for Artists, with answers to some of the most common questions Arts Law Centre of Australia has received from artists and arts organisations.

ArtsTaskerA Facebook group promoting and offering up the transferrable skills of the arts workers for odd-job needs. 

Arts Wellbeing Collective | The Arts Wellbeing Collective provides mental health and wellbeing resources and helps deliver the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, a 24/7 phone line available to anyone in the performing arts.

Beyond Blue | Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Business Connect | Is a NSW program to provide mentoring for creative industries.

Entertainment Assist | Is offering a free series of mental health and wellbeing webinars for Entertainment Industry practitioners.

Freelance Artist Relief Australia (FARA) Founded by Australian soprano Nicole Car, FARA has been established to bring immediate financial help to Australian classical singers affected by the Coronavirus crisis.

I Lost My GigThe Australian Music Industry Network  and the  Australian Festival Association  have joined with industry partners to tally the impact of lost gigs on Australians to help effectively lobby Government for sector support. 

Lifeline | Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Call 13 11 14, 24 hours/seven days a week.

Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance | MEAA is the largest and most established union and industry advocate for Australia’s creative professionals.

Mental Health Line (NSW) | If you or someone you know needs help, the Mental Health Line offers professional help and advice and referrals to local mental health services. The Mental Health Line is available to everyone in NSW and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1800 011 511.

Performing Arts WA | Performing Arts WA is the trading name of The Equity Benevolent Guild of WA. The Guild was established to provide confidential support to colleagues in the live performing arts industry at all stages of their careers. The Guild is able to provide financial assistance to past and present members of the industry in a number of circumstances.

PPCA | The PPCA Board has moved to introduce an emergency special policy to provide one off advances ranging from $250 to $10,000 for PPCA Registered Artists suffering hardship as a result of the unanticipated decimation of the live music sector.

REMADE Creatives Online | Is a media streaming creative club where artists and designers can connect, collaborate and share skills, ideas and resources from their homes, studios, schools and workplaces via various media platforms. Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s ACF Boost program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, up to our campaign target of $5,000 until 31 May.

Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Fund | The VABT provides emergency financial assistance to those in the entertainment industry who, in times of crisis or hardship, find themselves with nowhere else to turn.

Support Act | Support Act deliver crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers who are unable to work in the music industry, as well as partnering with Arts Centre Melbourne and the Arts Wellbeing Collective to deliver the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline can be accessed 24/7 on 1800 959 500 within Australia.

Tait Memorial Trust | The Tait Memorial Trust has established an Emergency Relief Fund for Australia/New Zealand Artists to assist our talented young artists who overnight lost six months or more of work.

On With The Show

The Arts at Home

With concert halls and theatres closed, arts companies around Australia and the world are finding innovative ways to reach their audiences, whether it’s streaming live concerts and events, creating new videos and recordings or digging into the archives. At Limelight we’ve brought these together to create a one-stop shop for your arts needs.