If you've lost your job or a substantial part of your income we strongly suggest you commence the process for registering for payments from Centrelink.
Income support for individuals. The Government is temporarily expanding eligibility to income support payments and establishing a new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement to be paid at a rate of $550 per fortnight.
Email our Federal and State Contacts
We're expecting announcements in the coming days from Federal and state governments and we want to make sure workers and businesses in the creative industries are supported in government crisis funding packages.
A national industry initiative to raise funds for Support Act and CrewCare.
Sound Of Silence (SOS) is a national initiative from a Music Industry Taskforce (QMusic a proud member), representing our diverse music industry to bring immediate relief for an industry at the existential brink.
By working with Support Act and CrewCare and through a raft of targeted activity, we hope to alleviate the severe haemorrhaging of income that has come with widespread cancellations of festivals, concerts, shows and local gigs.
- Queensland Health is taking the lead on public messaging and should be your main source for accurate, up to date information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- Queensland Health: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Queensland Health: Self quarantine information
- All Australians are encouraged to practice social distancing to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
- Business Queensland: Managing staff during a pandemic
- Australian Government: Coronavirus information and support for business
National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
MAP OF VIRUS - Johns Hopkins international map of the virus
Australian Taxation Office (ATO): If you are experiencing difficulties with tax obligations because of COVID-19, phone the ATO Emergency Support Infoline 1800 806 218
Fair Work Ombudsman: Find out about your workplace entitlements and obligations if you're affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
- Centrelink: Information and services to help you if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or looking for more details.
Check your eligibility here.
- CENTRELINK UPDATE FROM AEST PRESS CONFERENCE
Do not go into offices if it can be avoided.
Staffing has had to be reduced to accomodate social distancing measures.
Queues are substantial.
Use the http://my.gov.au/ website. It has been the victim of a DDOS attack, but is currently processing 55,000 users at a time.
If you cannot get on today, they will allow you to register an "intent to claim" that can be backdated to today.
If you do not already have a CRN (customer reference number which you may already have – 9 numbers), you now DO NOT need to go to an office. They will make this available online and over the phone.
Call centre hours increase to 8am to 8pm local.
REMEMBER - Keep persevering with your application. They will get backdated to the day you lodge your intent to claim.
- CENTRELINK UPDATE FROM AEST PRESS CONFERENCE
- Support Act
https://supportact.org.au/ Helpline: 1800 959 500
delivers 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. The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline is a free, confidential counselling service that is available to anyone working in Australian music (all genres), or the Australian Performing Arts, who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.
- Lifeline Australia
www.lifeline.org.au 13 11 14
Lifeline Australia provides a free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone counselling service for adults needing emotional support. Lifeline Australia also has a range of information and resources available from their website, about providing care in times of crisis.
www.beyondblue.org.au 1300 22 4636 (toll free)
beyondblue is a national organisation that has a range of information and resources associated with depression and anxiety. The Support Service runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential.
- Kids Help Line
www.kidshelp.com.au 1800 55 1800
A number of children and youth may also need emotional. Kids Help Line is a free and confidential, telephone counselling service for 5 to 25 year old in Australia.
- Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute provides a 24 hour free mobile phone/computer-based program to assist those with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and stress.
- Headspace Meditation App
The free to download Headspace meditation app provides a complimentary Basics pack to guide you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.
- Entertainment Assist
Free series of mental health and wellbeing webinars for Entertainment Industry practitioners.
US-based Sound Royalties has announced a fund or $20 million from which music creators impacted by Coronavirus can obtain no-fee royalty advances.
Musicians will be able to obtain advances from the pot until 16 April 2020, or until the money is depleted.
Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. Applications open in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.
Support Act are launching an appeal to raise $20 million so they can provide some level of crisis relief to music workers who are facing financial hardship.
Funds need to be raised in order to be in a position to provide the support that is being requested by our community.
The Queensland Government announced a $500 million loan facility delivering 12 month interest free loans of up to $250,000 for carry on finance for businesses to retain staff.
From 1 February to 31 July 2020, liquor licensees will have fees waived for applications to change trading hours and temporarily or permanently change a licensed area.
Support for small to medium Arts organisations through funding extensions, changes to funding application timeframes and rent relief for tenants based in Queensland Government Arts infrastructure.
$10,000 to a woman or gender minority in the field of artist management who exhibits passion, creativity and integrity. The grant is open to applicants Australia-wide. Applications close: 7 April 2020, 5pm (AEST)
No Interest Loans (NILS) provide individuals and families on low incomes with access to safe, fair and affordable credit.
While you can't use NILS for rent or bills, the loan can help with other payments that will still need to happen like car rego, education essentials (including computers) and medical procedures.
Crisis-relief Banking Support
Many banks offer crisis relief support and may be able to assist in this time of need. Reach out to your bank for information on support available.
QUIVR is radically changing the way DJ's, Producers and Artists promote their music. From a laneway in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, QUIVR is a space for artists and music lovers to live stream their music to the web.
Book a Set: $25 per hour
How-to’s for hosting livestreams, webinars, and virtual meet-and-greets. Additional options for fundraising and live ecommerce (merch!) are included for a variety of platforms.
Created by Cherie Hu
Mentoring Opportunities - Queensland Music Festival
In the absence of alternative work opportunities Queensland Music Festival staff will be donating 1 hr of each work day to provide mentoring. Further information regarding how to apply to be announced in coming days.
Listen Up Music are offering free distribution, to all digital channels, for any artist who would like to release music during the crisis. Please get in contact with them to discuss your project.
Reverb has created a resource full of tools that can help with online music collaborations; including file sharing, live performance, and music making apps and services.
Beginning 1 April 2020, Anchor will be waiving its fee on Listener Support for six months. Creators who receive Listener Support payments during that time will get the 4.5% Anchor fee straight to their Anchor wallet through 30 September 2020.
Join Australia Council for the Arts Facebook Group 'Arts and creative industry: digital support' where content can be shared and promoted.
Importantly, it will be a professional development resource for all individual artists and small to medium organisations who may not have the technology, skill sets or bandwidth to successfully present and represent their work online through live streaming or other methods.
Use the hashtag #keepyourticket and ask your fans to hold onto their tickets for when the events can reschedule.
Film a Video
Film a video explaining how you have been impacted as an artist or industry professional and ask people to KEEP LISTENING and stream, buy, share and support.
Tag #ilostmygigau #keeplistening and #qmusicnetwork and we'll share your story.
Are you on triple j Unearthed?
Artists from across Australia are filming themselves covering other Unearthed artists songs and putting it on social media.
Film your own and tag the artist, @triplejunearthed and #covered19.
We've seen 12 hour homebound radio raves, an online punk rock mosh pit and thousands of artists streaming their sets using Facebook and Instagram Live Streaming.
Tag #TogetherAtHome and @WHO (World Health Organisation)!