Artists and arts workers in WA who are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 or any other disasters can apply for targeted financial support from Artist Relief Fund WA. Previously known as Performing Arts WA, the organisation has provided confidential support to actors, musicians and other live performing arts workers for 40 years and it’s determined to shine a spotlight now on its benevolent services in these unprecedented and challenging times.
It’s no secret that the impact of this pandemic has been devastating to the performing arts industry, and the Arts Relief Fund WA are supporting all artists, whether they have been recently working or long retired, and regardless of their role: actor, musician, dancer, stage manager or any other professional, onstage or off.
The Artist Relief Fund provides small grants or loans to eligible live entertainment professionals. It might assist a young actor who can’t afford groceries that week; a retired musician who needs to buy medical equipment; or a dancer who needs to see a psychologist. The range of circumstances in which they can help is broad. Their goal is to support as many WA artists as they can in small but meaningful ways.
The Artist Relief Fund’s website also provides artists with important resources such as crisis support hotlines and other ways to support each other. It allows people to donate to the fund as a volunteer organisation as well. Anything the community can donate will go directly towards giving its arts workers hope and providing them with relief in severe crises.
The Arts Relief Fun can help relief for workers in the live performing arts. Artists and arts workers who wish to confidentially reach out can visit the Artist Relief Fund’s new website. For an application form, click here.