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Coronavirus Resources

In light of the current (COVID-19) Coronavirus outbreak, Music Victoria and VMDO have put together some useful resources for the Victorian music industry.

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  • Department of Health and Human Services Daily updates here

If you have any questions, queries or requests for further information relating to anything regarding the affect COVID-19 has had on the Victorian music industry, please send through an email to

  • Support Act - Crisis Relief Grants: COVID-19With funding support from the Australian Government, Support Act has expanded its services to offer Crisis Relief to music industry professionals impacted by COVID-19.
  • Australian Government - JobKeeper - The JobKeeper Payment information has been updated to reflect the changes which came into effect on 1 May 2020 with the introduction of Coronavirus Economic Response Package Amendment Rules 2020.
  • 1000 X 1000: Crisis Cash for Artists - A one-off emergency payment to support independent artists in the performing arts who have been significantly affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net.
  • Business Support Fund – The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to support small businesses in the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so they can survive and keep people in work. Eligible businesses can apply for a one-off $10,000 grant which can be used towards costs such as utilities, rent and salaries, and activities to support business continuity planning. Applications close June 2.
  • Aboriginal business grants and loans - Grants and loans for starting and expanding Aboriginal Business
  • City of Melbourne grants to support community through COVID-19 - The City of Melbourne is providing $200,000 in grants for organisations that support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check to see if you're eligible for one of the many on offer.
  • City of Yarra Local Business and Precinct Support Fund - This fund will help businesses and sole traders struggling with the effects of physical distancing and forced closures. Applications close May 15.
  • City of Yarra Quick Response Grants - City of Yarra has established two COVID-19 quick response grants for artists, organisations and creative businesses to make and share art. Grants of up to $5,000 and a total pool of $185,000 will be made available to all eligible applicants in Yarra. Applications close June 30.
  • Small Business Rental Relief – The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) have developed information to help tenants having difficulty paying rent, including steps you can take now, and how the VSBC's mediation service can help resolve lease disputes.
  • The 2020 Resilience Fund - Designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts.
  • Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative - Delivers quick-response funding to independent creative practitioners, sole traders, freelancers, collectives and micro-organisations/businesses whose work and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.
  • The Event Partnership Program - Supports free and accessible events that create memorable, engaging and innovative experiences for locals and visitors in the City of Melbourne municipality. Applications close 1 June 2020.
  • Broadtree Foundation - The Broadtree Foundation rovides direct funding to not-for-profit organisations in order to improve the quality of life for people within various communities. Applications for their one-off funding for organisations impacted by COVID-19 are open until 31 May 2020.

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