The VABT’s COVID-19 Assistance Fund has been established to assist those within the professional performing arts industry who are in need of financial support due to loss of work, a significant reduction in hours, or those who are unable to practice their craft due to COVID-related government restrictions.
Applicants must be based in the state of Victoria, Australia, or the state of Tasmania, Australia. For information on Benevolent Funds and Trusts providing assistance in other Australian states, please see our list of Additional Resources.
This Fund has been established to assist professional theatre, dance, circus, comedy, opera, film and TV performing artists, creatives and crew. Evidence of involvement within the professional performing arts industry will be required as part of the application process. As an example, positions within the performing arts industry may include (but not be limited to) professional actors, directors, designers, stage managers, dressers, mechanists, gaffers, technicians and many others.
The VABT supports professionals from the fields of stage and screen. The VABT is unable to directly assist those who work primarily in the music industry. For information on assistance available to Australian musicians and those working in the music industry, please see our list of Additional Resources.
For information on assistance available to individuals working in the visual arts, or other fields beyond performing arts, please see our list of Additional Resources.
Acceptance of applications for COVID-19 Assistance from Tasmanian-based professional performing arts workers is made possible through the VABT’s membership within the Alliance of Australasian Performing Arts Benevolent Funds.