WHO WE ARE

FREELANCE ARTIST RELIEF AUSTRALIA was established to bring immediate financial help to Australian classical musicians 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. With constantly changing laws and government interventions artists and arts companies have no way of planning forward, and no way of knowing where the next months will take them.

There is no safety net …  and there was no time to prepare. We need to do something to help.

OUR PEOPLE

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.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Virginia Braden OAM

Jane Hemstritch

Graham Pushee

Patrick Togher

Maureen Wheeler AO

Honorary Legal Advisors:

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MOST has very generously offered its support to Nicole in setting up and administering 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. Donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible.

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