As a Manager, Charlotte Abroms has had to inform her whole team of multiple cancellations throughout this year.
She says, ‘it’s difficult when there’s no timeline as to if or when their shows will be rescheduled…I’m speaking to people who are struggling to pay their rent, who are fearful for their futures, who have children to look after. It’s the collective mental wellbeing of our industry we are trying to protect.’
It’s the collective mental wellbeing of our industry we are trying to protect.
In the wake of COVID-19 and in accordance with the government entertainment industry, workers acknowledge it is the right thing to do in an effort to protect the health and safety of all members of the community, to cancel public events, festivals, tours, gigs and conferences, but this leaves the industry facing a huge crisis.
As seen in the response to the bushfire crisis recently, the Australian music industry rallied and donated their time and resources and raised millions of dollars to help our country in crisis.
Joining forces with not for profit Support Act, Artist Manager Charlotte Abroms, Sound Engineer Jono Steer, and Musician Angie McMahon (all pictured below)have set up a fundraiser via Facebook Australian music needs your help. Who would like to help? to distribute to music industry workers who most need it. In less than 24 hours the fundraiser has raised almost $10K.
For those out there struggling emotionally, please use Support Act as a resource to help you or use their ‘Help A Mate’ function to help a friend – www.supportact.org.au