The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the Live Performance Industry nationwide. As a leader and major employer within the industry, MTC recognises the toll the ongoing situation is having not only our own staff but on the wider artistic community across the country – from artists and production personnel to the casual workforce that support us.
The following resources are available for all Artists and Production Personnel across Australia, regardless of whether or not you have worked with MTC.
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk, please contact the Emergency Services on 000.
VICTORIAN ACTORS’ BENEVELONT TRUST (VABT)
Emergency financial assistance for Victorian-based individuals in the Entertainment Industry who, through poor health or ill fortune, find themselves with nowhere else to turn.
In response to COVID-19, the VABT have established a COVID-19 ASSIST Fund Assistance Fund, to provide eligible applicants with immediate assistance by way of food vouchers.
BENEVOLENT TRUSTS IN OTHER STATES
New South Wales
Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW
Actors and Entertainers Benevolent Fund of Queensland Inc.
Performing Arts WA
SUPPORT ACT WELLBEING HELPLINE
Free, confidential phone counselling service available 24/7 for anyone who works in the performing arts industry. Call now to make an appointment, or request to speak to someone immediately about any aspect of your mental health and wellbeing.
1800 959 500
THE ARTS WELLBEING COLLECTIVE
Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the performing arts industry, Arts Wellbeing Collective resources and services are designed to:
- Improve mental health literacy
- Reduce barriers to help-seeking, and
- Build practical skills in individuals and leaders.
A national health promotion charity that raises awareness about mental health and wellbeing in the Australian entertainment industry.
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Visit ‘Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak’ from Beyond Blue
1300 244 636
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experience a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14
LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA (LPA)
Live Performance Australia (LPA) is the peak body for Australia’s live performance industry. Throughout the unfolding COVID-19 situation, LPA continues to advocate for Government to provide the necessary support for the Australian entertainment industry and its workforce. Industry updates and Media Releases are regularly posted online.
Performance cancellation information
In light of the current COVID-19 situation and in the interest of the health and safety of our audiences, artists and the broader community, Melbourne Theatre Company has announced the cancellation of its next six productions.
VABT Virtual Big Bucket Rattle
To support our arts community in need, we’ve partnered with the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust for their Virtual Big Bucket Rattle on Tuesday 12 May.
Sound Studio Hire for Artists
Want to record a monologue, a radio play, a song or voice work for your reel? Artists can access MTC's sound studio free of charge.