HELP IN THESE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
The VABT provides emergency financial assistance to members of our community, who have suffered a health crisis. However, these are extraordinary times, and due to the impact of the coronavirus and subsequent government shut downs, we understand the devastating impact this has had on the arts community. As such, we have created the COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND in order to provide immediate assistance to those within our industry in need.
Please know you are not alone at this difficult time.
WHAT ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?
Through this Emergency Fund we are able to provide eligible applicants with Food Vouchers to the value of $250. The use of Food Vouchers has been chosen to enable the widespread provision of immediate assistance and financial relief, regardless of locale within Victoria.
This Emergency Fund operates separately to the VABT’s ongoing program of Emergency Support for those experiencing ill health or medical emergency. If you are experiencing either, or your circumstances are such that you require additional assistance, please fill in the standard application form through the EMERGENCY SUPPORT section of this website.
WHO CAN ACCESS THIS FUND?
This Fund has been established to provide assistance to Victorian based professional theatre, dance, circus, film and TV artists, creators and crew. The Fund has been designed to assist by way of quick financial relief, those within the industry who may be awaiting government payments or seeking replacement employment. If you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to apply.
For information available to Australian musicians and those working in the music industry, as well as information on Benevolent Funds and Trusts providing assistance in other Australian states, please see our list of Additional Resources.
HOW TO APPLY
The VABT has endeavoured to make the application process as straight-forward as possible. As such, applications are via a simple online form, below. Within the application below, you will be asked to provide evidence of your professional involvement in the entertainment industry and will be required to upload a PDF version of your current CV demonstrating this involvement.
To assist the Committee to process your application, please supply as much information as you can.
HOW AN APPLICATION IS ASSESSED
Each application is individually assessed by the VABT’s volunteer Committee of Management. Further information on the Committee and its members is available here. Submissions are assessed to ensure applicants are Victorian based and have been professionally engaged within the entertainment industry; through theatre, dance, circus, film or TV. Consideration may be taken in regards to an applicant’s access to government assistance, with priority given in some situations to applicants who are not eligible for/receiving payments via the Australian government’s JobKeeper scheme. To clarify, if you are currently receiving either JobKeeper or JobSeeker you can, and should still apply. The Committee of Management looks at every request on an individual basis.
Due to the challenges faced by our community in this crisis, the Committee is assessing all applications for COVID-19 Assistance as quickly as possible. However, due to the volume of applications received, your application may take up to 21-days to review. All applicants will be contacted via email once a decision has be made.
It is important you know that all matters referred here are strictly confidential.
CAN I REFER SOMEONE ELSE?
Yes. If you know someone who may be in need of assistance, please encourage them to apply. Alternatively, you may apply on their behalf; however, please note, the VABT will be required to confidentially reach out to them.
The VABT is committed to supporting Victorian artists and crew through health crisis and difficult times. To further assist, the VABT has compiled a range of resources that may be able to provide additional assistance. These are available to view here.
The below application form is for assistance through our COVID-19 ASSISTANCE fund. As outlined above, this fund is intended to provide assistance to those in our industry impacted by cancelled performances or the ongoing government restrictions, awaiting government payments or seeking replacement employment.
If you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19), or are experiencing ill health or a medical emergency, we may be able to provide greater financial assistance through our standard fund. In these instances, please complete the standard application form to apply for emergency support
Before we can assess your request, please fill out the form below.