Support law launches ’emergency appeal’ for 2022

With the latest wave of COVID-19 infections dealing a crushing blow to the Australian living industry, support law makes an emergency call.

Several prominent figures in the Australian music community are devoting their time and energy to the COVID 2022 Emergency Appeal, announced today (January 18).

In support, artists like Sam Margin of The Rubens, Paul Gildea of ​​Icehouse, lighting designer Deb Hatton and unified artist director Caleb Williams have come forward to share their stories of how the charitable services of industry helped them.

“Just when we thought 2022 might bring something brighter for our industry,” comments Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act, “the spread of Omicron is once again affecting live music, with events canceled or postponed, and now many music workers are also testing positive for COVID-19 and being forced into self-isolation, causing them to lose critically important income.

The health crisis “puts enormous pressure on an industry that is still struggling to recover after nearly two years of pandemic-related challenges”.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic in March 2020, Support Act has awarded more than 15,000 relief grants to music workers and performing arts, worth more than $35 million.

Much of this financial support came from the Australian government.

The Support Act call for 2022 is a response to the latest wave of infections, which thwarted first-quarter touring plans and undermined the live music sector’s comeback.

Earlier this week, APRA AMCOS CEO Dean Ormston reported that, based on PRO data, live music activity in the month of December was only 6% of the pre-COVID period. .

“The music industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy and was the first to be shut down by the regulations necessary to deal with the health crisis facing the country,” he said. Ormston said. “We are now approaching our third year of devastation.”

The governments of Victoria and, more recently, New South Wales, have unveiled business disruption funds for major events affected by recent restrictions, although a federal response for the live music industry will not be forthcoming. does not yet exist.

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For more information or to donate, go to COVID 2022 Emergency Call Page.

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