COVID-19 CRISIS - HELP AND ASSISTANCE
COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis for the global entertainment sector, and we in Queensland are feeling the full force of the financial impact. If you are effected financially by cancellations during this period, there is help available.
The Fund is offering emergency financial assistance to performing arts professionals in this distressing time. To apply for assistance, please fill in an application here. We will be in touch within 24 hours.
If you require immediate crisis support or counseling, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or contact their 24 hour support service here.
QUEENSLAND HEALTH ADVICE
As this pandemic develops, you might have questions about the COVID-19 virus and what to do to keep you and your family safe. Please visit the Queensland Health website for the most up to date information.
During this challenging time, many of us will have lost work and income due to cancelled contracts, show closures, and postponements. MEAA offers legal industrial support to all financial members of Equity. During the COVID-19 crisis, MEAA have waived the waiting period to access their legal support for new members. If you are not a member, Equity welcomes your application today. Once you have joined your professional guild, MEAA can represent you in your negotiations. You can join here.
WORKING OUTSIDE THE ARTS
If you have skills outside your work as a performing artist, many of our colleagues are finding work or volunteering through Arts Tasker; a group set up to connect arts workers with employment utilizing their broader skill-set. Please visit the link here.
It is important to know that all matters referred to the Benevolent Fund COVID-19 Crisis Fund committee are kept in the strictest confidence.
HOW DO YOU GET COVID-19 ASSISTANCE
For urgent assistance please fill out request form on this page, or put your request in writing and post to:
Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc.
C/- MEAA, Level 3, TLC Building, 16 Peel Street,
South Brisbane QLD 4101
We will respond to your request as soon as possible, generally within 24 hours.
Due to the overwhelming need for assistance during this challenging time, we triage requests as best we can in order of urgency.
We seek your kind understanding and patience as requests are being processed.
All applications for assistance are strictly confidential and dealt with as quickly as possible.
For anyone requiring assistance or advice the first point of contact is the MEAA office.
Telephone 1300 656 513
Decisions will be made quickly in cases of emergency as a result of COVID-19