FREELANCE ARTIST RELIEF AUSTRALIA has been established to bring immediate financial help to Australian classical singers affected by the Coronavirus crisis.
Arts venues were among the first institutions to close due to the current pandemic. As of today, nobody knows when it will be possible to perform again. Freelance artists engaged for single projects and performances have seen their contracts annulled and income disappear for the foreseeable future.
There is no safety net … and there was no time to prepare. We need to do something to help.
WHO WE ARE
Patron Nicole CAR is Australia’s most celebrated operatic artist, performing regularly with Opera Australia and major houses around the world. Nicole founded the Fund in March, 2020 because of the sudden and profound financial losses suffered by her Australian freelance colleagues.
Virginia Braden OAM
Maureen Wheeler AO
Honorary Legal Advisors:
How to donate:
If you would like to make a donation over the phone or by cheque, please contact Anna d’Ersu.
Make a tax-deductible donation to support Freelance Artist Relief Australia and help our singers survive this global and potentially devastating crisis for the performing arts.
Freelance Artist Relief Australia (FARA) has been established in a time of crisis to provide emergency assistance to Australian classical singers. Whether based at home or around the world, Australian classical singers are facing an indefinite period of income loss and contract cancellations. Singing is an art, a discipline and a lifestyle. Like dancers or athletes, singers need constant practice to maintain and develop their voice and repertoire. When the world shut down in March, Australian singers around the world lost months of contracts. Months of practice, rehearsals and performances.
Beyond the immediate financial help to enable singers to survive during this time, FARA is fighting for our fragile ecosystem of artists to survive this crisis. Whether they are young and just starting their careers, or are established singers, all of them have lost months of work. This will threaten the capacity of many singers to be able to stay in this industry after years, perhaps decades of training, dedication and experience. Losing these singers would represent a tragic loss of artistry and endanger, more broadly, the vibrancy of the performing arts sector, now and into the future.
If you love music, if you love this art form, the best way to help at the moment is to make donations to ensure artists will still be there on the other side of this crisis, ready to bring their roles back to life and to perform for you once again.
For more information, please contact:
Phone: +61 4 88 011 713
Please be aware that PayPal donations will incur a service fee. Thank you for your understanding and for your donation.
MOST have very generously offered their support to Nicole in setting up this fund. All donations to the fund will be processed by Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd (MOST®), which is a registered charity and enjoys DGR status. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
Many of Australia’s most prominent and talented singers have been generously supporting FARA with video clips performing songs, arias and other musical excerpts. You will find a selection here below:
HOW TO APPLY
Applications for financial relief may be sent from freelance Australian singers – who have suffered quantifiable losses with major Australian and overseas opera companies and concert organisations. The second round of applications is now open. You can apply by filling out and sending the form that you will find HERE.