The arts and entertainment industry has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis and artists and crew are suffering enormously, with months of work cancelled and thousands of people ineligible for JobKeeper due to the nature of their employment as casual or contract workers.

To support this community, MTC has partnered with the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust (VABT) to raise money for those in need in theatre, TV and film; who work on and off the stage, in front of and behind the camera.

On Tuesday 12 May, all money raised by the VABT will enable them to provide assistance through its COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, in addition to continuing their important work supporting Victorian artists and crew experiencing ill health or medical emergencies.

Donate to the VABT and help raise $50,000 in 24 hours as part of the VABT Virtual Big Bucket Rattle.

You can learn more about this fundraiser at


Since 1958 the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust (VABT) has been providing emergency financial assistance to those who live in Victoria and work in the entertainment industry, and who, through poor health or ill fortune, find themselves with nowhere else to turn.

The VABT is a not-for-profit charity run by a volunteer committee and supported by an incredible team of volunteers who assist with fundraising events throughout the year.

The greatest of these fundraisers are the regular bucket rattles, held at each mainstage production within Melbourne Theatre Company’s annual performance season. This long-standing arrangement with the MTC has enabled the VABT to assist thousands of Victorian-based artists and crew.