COVID-19 Support Act Crisis Relief grants are providing essential support to a diverse range of talented and passionate music professionals.
As the music industry continues to grapple with the impacts of the pandemic, Support Act’s COVID-19 Crisis Relief grants have been a serious helping hand to artists, crews and industry workers who are keen to get back on their feet. Since March, Support Act has provided close to $1million in crisis relief to more than 400 artists, crew and music workers across the country… and there’s still a long way to go before packed out arenas and festivals are back on the cards and life returns to normal for the diverse range of talented and passionate music professionals.
Now longtime supporters of the music industry, Nando’s, has offered their hand, pledging 15,000 meals (worth more than $200,000) to help feed Support Act’s grant recipients in their time of need.
“Music workers were some of the first people to be affected by the pandemic, and are likely to be the last to fully recover,” explains Support Act CEO, Clive Miller.
“Our COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants are helping many music workers and their families keep their heads above water by covering essential costs like rent, household bills and groceries. We’re thrilled that Nando’s has jumped on board to provide additional support through these testing times.”
Over the years, Nando’s has fuelled hundreds of touring musicians through artist catering and has brought many more emerging and established artists together for its annual local and global Music Exchange workshops (MX), so partnering with Support Act in the wake of the pandemic was a no-brainer.
ARIA Award winning duo and PERi-PERi lovers, Peking Duk (Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles), say the effect COVID-19 has had on the Australian music and entertainment industry has been absolutely devastating. Being one of the first industries to be impacted by the lockdowns and closures and most certainly one of the last that will return to normal means the knock on effect won’t just be hurting the artists that create the music, but the many crew members and support staff that help them bring these projects to life as well.
“The work that Support Act does to provide relief to the people we work with and share an industry with has been a lifeline for many. We can’t thank Support Act enough on behalf of everyone out there who is suffering right now,” the revered act explain.
“We also want to thank Nando’s, a company that has been feeding bands for years now, for stepping up when it matters the most and continuing their ongoing support for the music and entertainment industry. We can’t wait to get back on stage, get back on the road and see Australia’s live music scene booming again like the absolute champion that it is.”
To find out more about Support Act’s Crisis Relief grant, visit www.supportact.org.au