We understand these are very difficult times for a lot of people in our industry and we at Federal Audio wanted gather together some resources and links for folks dealing with this challenging time - whether its financial options to help get through or info for making the most of your current resources.
In terms of Federal Audio's day-to-day we're back to operating normally (mostly) and will continue to service our dealers with stock & online customers as always. We've established extra cleaning procedures and following all health guidelines iand we are set up to maintain social distance while working.
Here's some starting points for info about this crisis below - check them out and see if they suit your situation.
Firstly its important to realise we're dealing with an unprecedented crisis in our industry. Feeling shut down and listless is a perfectly normal reaction - you don't necessarily have to be using this time to write your next hit record or upskilling in 3D motion graphics. If you can feel creative amid this chaos then kudos to you! If you're busy wondering how you're going to get by then let's start here:
Support Act is a charity, unique in Australia, helping artists, roadies and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music. They're leading the charge for industry advocacy in the face of this unprecedented challenge. Check out their dedicated COVID-19 resource page - its excellent.
Support Act have also announced a series of grants for uadio/arts folks affected by the pandemic. If your ability to work has been impacted by COVID-19 and you are a musician, crew or music worker, you may be eligible to apply for a Crisis Relief Grant from Support Act.
I Lost My Gig Australia is also a hub for resources, support and information that can help you navigate this brave new world we find ourselves in. From template letters to send to your MPs to mutual aid, courses and FAQs to government stimulus overviews, this will be a living collection connecting you to the help you need.
The Government has announced a range of assistance measures that may suit audio people - find out if you're eligible for Jobseeker or Jobkeeper payments due to the current COVID situation. Find a complete list of the Treasury Department's resources here.
The Jobkeeper payment is available to ABN sole-traders, which would include contarct workers within the music/audio industry. We'll add information to this section as it comes to hand - stay posted.
If you’re finding it hard to cope, Lifeline are available 24/7 on 13 11 14, or nightly via Lifeline Text. Lifeline Text is available 6pm – midnight (AEDT) on 0477 13 11 14.
Applications are now open for Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Grants for artists who're struggling with the COVID-19 downturn. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for individuals. Jump on their site and see if its for you: bit.ly/ResilienceGrant
And if you need some good pointers about writitng grant aplications, check out this webinar from QMusic (skip to 30:00 for the good oil).
Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts. They're a not-for-profit company who provide free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters.
Check out Mark Swivel at Barefoot Law on Facebook for regular updates as to whats happening legally around COVID-19 as well.
CrewCare is a not for profit charity aimed to improve the welfare of all live music production workers. The CrewCare team comprises some of the most experienced figures in Australian live music production, and has support from the industry's biggest companies & organisations.
They raise desperately needed funds to help those in crisis and in times of need through its collaboration with leading industry charity Support Act and their dedicated 'Roadies' fund.