Covid-19 Ops / Support for Creatives

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Support & Opportunities- COVID-19

Well it's unchartered territory ahead and while the team at Murray Arts are working remotely we are still working to support the vibrant creative communities in our region and beyond. The only things that have changed are that you won't be able to drop into the office where Nat would make you a coffee with her broken plunger which resulted in you eating your coffee rather than drinking it, and that this pandemic is making us look at how we move forward with new ways and opportunities in an uncertain climate. What we are certain of is that at this time the arts have become even more vital to our entire community as we look to the arts for healing, cohesion, entertainment and learning.

We've compiled a few resources to help including webinars, online groups, legal info,  financial support and well-being. There will be plenty more coming your way so this list is by no means exhaustive. If you've got some resources to share let us know about it!

There's a number of free online workshops & webinars coming up to help you in your arts business so make sure you are following us on Facebook. If you're like me and trying to stay off social media ( good mental health practice atm!) or you're not on social media please let us know and we'll do our best to keep you notified of these opportunities via email.

If you've got other opportunities, info or just want to keep in touch email us at 

Nat & Murray Arts team

I Lost My Gig

The Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festival Association have joined with industry partners to tally the impact of bushfires and Covid-19 on Australians - and hear your stories. They are working hard to find ways to support people and businesses who have been affected, so leave your details so they can connect with you in the future about funding opportunities and other support.  

If you work in:
  • hospitality
  • infrastructure service/supply
  • management service /supply performance
  •  technical service
  • or other creative /creative support roles
Log your info here I Lost Mig Gig 

Arts Workers Facebook Group 

Australian Arts Amidst COVID is a closed Facebook group for Australian Arts to ask questions and share ideas about how to work with Covid-19. The group aims for sharing information and ways artists & organisations all over the world are innovating & surviving.

Join here

Podcast About Loss of Earnings

ABC's The Signal podcast looks at the loss of earnings across the creative industry.

"Job losses have been a big part of the conversation about the economic impact of Covid-19, but they're not imagined anymore, they're a reality.

This episode meets people losing their livelihoods as large gatherings are banned, people stay home and the entertainment sector goes dark.

What are their plans now? And will the Government stimulus package help in any way?"

Listen free here

I Will Survive- Crowdcast

Between fire, floods, drought, and now a global pandemic - things are quite shit. On Wednesday 25 March Monica from Creative + Business will be hosting a free webinar to share ideas on how to make it through this tumultuous time. From getting your finances in order to marketing to stay afloat, we will be covering a range of topics and asking for your thoughts.

Head to the link below to register and join us as we share knowledge and resources!
Click here to join

Victorian Economic Survival Package

There are a number of measures included in the Victorian Government’s first economic package:

1.  $500 million Business Support Fund. to register interest in updates, head here.

2.  $500 million support package for workers: Working for Victoria fund. More information available here.

These are not arts-only, or arts-specific measures at this stage, but they still may be of benefit or interest to you right now.
You can read the full statement for the Premier here. 


Digital Tools for Artists

Need some help with running your arts career remotely? Here's a great list of digital tools (including free ones !) to get you started. And if you've already been running your arts career remotely as most of us in regional areas already do, these resources will help you lift your game! This is an opportunity to revaluate how we currently work and sustain our practices.


ArtsLaw COVID-19 FAQs for Artists

The arts sector has been hit hard with cancellations and disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Arts Law has put together answers to some of the most common question’s we’ve received from artists and arts organisations.
Read factsheet here.


Am I Eligible for Centrelink Payments?

Many Australians are now navigating the welfare system for the first time. For the newly unemployed, here are some tips to help you get the support you need as quickly and easily as possible. Find out more here


Online & Phone Support


The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline


Lifeline – 13 11 14


Beyond Blue – 1800RESPECT

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