Resources and Support during COVID-19
With recent cancellations and postponements of concerts, events and festivals, we know that many artists and arts workers have drastically lost their income due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This is having far reaching implications around the world including right across Queensland. To keep you up to date with key information and resources, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of funding avenues and resources currently available, including ways BEMAC can help our arts community.
Funding for our Creative Community
Did you know that if you are a BEMAC registered Artist or Artsworker, or any Arts worker who is a resident of Logan or Ipswich Council areas, BEMAC can provide free support to you in applying for funding. Some great new opportunities are open right now:
Arts Qld Funding: Arts Qld announced new funding support for artists, arts workers and creatives in response to COVID19. This includes:
- Extra funding for Individuals Fund, open now and closing 21 April 2020, for activities starting on or after 1 July 2020
- Extra funding for Qld Art Showcase Program, open now with no closing date
Australia Council for the Arts Funding: The Australia Council has also announced that it will redirect $5M to new programs designed to provide immediate relief to Australian artists, arts workers and arts organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic with their Resilience Fund. Click here for more details
Support Act: Support Act are launching an appeal to raise $20m so that we can provide some level of crisis relief to music workers who are facing financial hardship. Click here for more details
To speak to the BEMAC team for assistance in applying for funding, or to discuss your options at this current time, email email@example.com or call 0499 989 829.
COVID-19 – Resources for Multicultural Communities
BEMAC and Access appreciate that language can be a key barrier to accessing appropriate information on the current pandemic, for many of our clients from diverse backgrounds.
Here is a list of helpful online resources available:
The Refugee Health Network Queensland contains a variety of information on COVID-19 and links to related resources, including:
- Ethnolink Language Service – provides links to information in 19 languages from Health authorities at Federal, State and Global levels.
- Settlement Council of Australia
– Fact sheets in different languages with information on: close contact with confirmed cases, community return, FAQ’s, identifying symptoms, isolation guidance, residential care services, early childhood centres, social distancing
- Australian Red Cross Coronavirus Resources (Translated resources can be found under ‘Organise’ – currently in 15 languages)
- NDIS and disaster response – Translated Resources
Reporting your Lost Work, & Other Resources
Diversity Arts Australia survey: Diversity Arts Australia are working with the creative sector to advocate for culturally diverse creative sector workers and artists in the wake of #COVID19 cancellations & postponements to arts projects. Share your experience in their survey which will help build a stronger case for government assistance. Click here to complete survey
I Lost My Gig survey: The Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association have joined with industry partners to tally the impact of the cancellation and postponement of hundreds of concerts, conferences, events and festivals across Australia. They are working to find ways to support people and businesses who have been affected. Click here to complete survey
NAVA – National Assoc. of Visual Arts: The National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA) provides an Advocacy Toolkit so you can assist in the campaign to get immediate support for artists. Click here for more details.
Theatre Network Australia (TNA) and Live Performance Australia: TNA has joined with Live Performance Australia and other performing arts and music industry bodies to urge the government to fund an urgent package to prevent a complete and permanent industry shutdown, costing thousands of jobs and forcing the closure of performing arts and commercial companies and venues for good. Click here for more details.
Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA): MEAA, along with other organisations in these sectors, is calling for targeted industry support and a national scheme of paid leave for any workers who are self-employed, casual or whose employer cannot provide them with paid leave in the event of a stand down. Click here to complete survey
First Nations’ Roundtables: The First Nations Roundtables are an ongoing series of updates and discussions about the implications of COVID-19 is having on the First Nations independent and small to medium sector, live performance and public gatherings. Click here for more details.
Other Government Advice and Information:
- Department of Health:
- QLD State Government – State health advice and resources
- Department of Home Affairs – Incoming travel advice (also available in some languages other than English) – please be aware there may be significant financial penalties for anyone failing to self-quarantine upon return to Australia.
- DFAT Smartraveller – Outgoing travel advice
- Coronavirus Health Information Line
- Telephone: 1800 020 080 – Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Welfare Benefit, Employment and Housing information:
- Fair Work – info on COVID-19 and Australian Workplace Laws
- Tenants Union of NSW – Renting and COVID-19 information
- Welfare Rights Centre – Legal advice on Centrelink and social security issues over the phone
- Economic Justice Australia (peak body for community legal centres) – Fact Sheet what support you can get from Centrelink