1000 x 1000: Crisis Cash for Artists
ILBIJERRI is proud to be a Champion Company of 1000 x1000: Crisis Cash for Artists, a fundraising initiative of Theatre Network Australia.
Funds raised will provide a one-off emergency payment to support INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net.
ILBIJERRI supports this initiative, as one potent way we can hold up our artists, and keep each other strong as an arts community.
“The fallout of COVID19 is hitting everyone hard, but artists are exceptionally vulnerable.”
As of 7 April 2020, $330M in income had been lost by independents in the Australian creative industries, as a result of measures put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (ilostmygig.net.au)
While there has been a range of government and non-government finance and support initiatives, there are thousands of independent artists who are falling through the cracks. For some artists, JobSeeker payments alone won’t be enough to cover all of their essential expenses, if indeed they are even eligible. In response, a consortium of companies from the performing arts sector has set up a campaign to raise money for equity bursaries, led by Theatre Network Australia in partnership with Creative Partnerships Australia.
“Most artists have little or nothing to fall back on in hard times.”
Our objective is to ensure artists can continue their practice and secure their futures. This support will take the form of a one-off emergency payment to support independent performing artists who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 in Australia and who do not have access to a financial safety net. Support is targeted at those who need it most. We are asking you to help.
If you are in a position to assist, please join us in making a tax-deductible donation to provide Crisis Cash to Independent Artists, with $1000 directly supporting one artist. Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA) will waive the usual 5% fee so 100% of donations raised will go to artists.
We need 1000 donors, to each contribute $1000 = allowing us to support 1000 artists!
Quotes from Penny Bartlau, Barking Spider Visual Theatre