Workers in the performing arts across the state are experiencing the immediate and devastating impact of event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID-19.
From independent artists and small companies through to large organisations like Arts Centre Melbourne, everyone is affected. Our own temporary closure has affected the lives of hundreds of artists, technical production, box office, front of house, production and associated support staff, who depend on a vibrant and fully functioning Arts Centre Melbourne. And the livelihoods of many others across the industry are at stake.
Now they need our support.
If you would like to help arts industry workers during these unprecedented times, there are three charitable organisations that support physical and/or mental wellbeing in the arts. We strongly encourage you to donate the value of your refunded tickets, or another amount you choose, to one of these three tax-deductible charities:
We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.