In It Together: A COVID-19 Community Relief Directory

March 21st 2020

Image: Sophie Hill 

In a time of crisis, supporting your friends, family and neighbours, and maintaining a connection to community, art and culture are top priorities. Here is a list of ways you can do exactly that.

2020 has already been an incredibly challenging year. It feels impossible to fathom all of the devastation and loss our community has faced during the multiple moments of crisis this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought parts of the world to a total standstill, and has turned many people’s lives upside down.

We’ve once again compiled a list of information and resources to help support ourselves and each other during this difficult time. Within this list you will find creative endeavours to help you stay connected to art and culture, an array of entertainment options to cure your isolation boredom, some reliable and easily digestible information on the coronavirus pandemic, simple ways to help communities impacted by this crisis, and some resources for times of emergency or hardship.

We’ve made an effort to highlight activities and initiatives by Australian creative communities, as we face unprecedented challenges in this time. To our wider music and arts community we say – we see you, we hear you and we will continue to support you in whatever way we can.

Before you make a donation, partake in a volunteer opportunity or sign a petition, we encourage you to do your own research and decide for yourself if it aligns with your values. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is designed to be a dynamic resource that we will update over the coming weeks as events unfold. If you have a contribution you’d like to make to this list, please get in touch via info@fbiradio.com. Additionally, if you’d like to offer a donation or some financial support to FBi Radio, you can click here. We’d be super grateful.

Stay safe, pals.

FBi x

 


IN NEED OF ENTERTAINMENT OR DISTRACTION?

Online Events:
Digital Content:
Online Resources & Courses:
  • Netflix Party Chrome Extension. Allows you and your friends to watch Netflix together remotely & chat online in real time.
  • Free Moog synthesizer app: The Minimoog Model D iOS app has been made free as a ‘gift to spread positivity, creativity, and expressivity.’
  • Free KORG app: The KORG iKaossilator app (on both iOS & Android) has been made free for a limited time.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Claim 2 months free Adobe Creative Cloud access when you go to cancel your account.
  • Database: Things to keep your brain active during isolation periods.
  • The Deaf Society: Learn AUSLAN.
  • Aboriginal Sydney MOOC: 10 hours of content explaining the Aboriginal origins of  ‘Sydney’.
  • Skillshare: Free one month trial of online courses taught by experts in an array of subjects.
  • Duolingo: An app to help you learn 30+ languages via bite-sized lessons.
  • Codeacademy: Free basic plan of online coding lessons.
  • Ivy League Universities: Free online courses ran by Ivy League institutions.

 


LOOKING FOR INFORMATION?

Coronavirus Resources:
  • Alerts: Australian Government Department of Health coronavirus updates.
  • Social distancing explainer: ‘Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially and how to “flatten the curve”‘
  • Video: Coronavirus explained in 60 seconds.
  • COVID-19: ‘Common questions and Community Care for the Vulnerable’.
  • Guide: How to support your community during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • FAQ: NSW renting and the COVID-19 crisis.
  • World Health Organisation: COVID-19 advice & myth busters.
  • ACON: Trans and gender-diverse people and COVID-19
Other Resources:
  • Soundcloud: ‘Keeping the Music Going During COVID-19’ – a collection of information and resources for music makers.
  • The Brain Studios: Support and advice for musicians recording at home during isolation periods & reduced mixing and mastering rates.
  • Explainer: How to support arts economies during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Template: Letter to landlord to ask for a rent freeze/reduction.
Facebook/Online Groups:

Image: Nicol Mouton

WANT TO HELP PEOPLE IMPACTED BY THE COVID-19 CRISIS?

Music & Merch:
  • Bandcamp: Purchase music and merch to directly support artists impacted by event cancellations.
  • #lockdowngetdown. An initiative by The Cat Empire encouraging streaming of Australian artists to increase streaming revenue for artists impacted by event cancellations.
  • #soundofsilence: Purchase a t-shirt to raise funds for the Support Act COVID-19 Emergency Appeal, and use the hashtag #soundofsilence to drum up support for the Australian music industry.
Petitions & Protests:
  • The Australian Greens Campaign to protect renters and people with mortgages.
  • Petition for the Australian Government to suspend mortgage, rent, bills & issue salary substitutes during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Petition: “Protect Our Communities: No Evictions During a Health Crisis”.
  • Petition to protect and support casual tertiary education staff impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • National School Boycott: Teachers, students and education employees boycotting/walking out of schools to protest the Australian government keeping schools open during the COVID-19 crisis. Mon March 23rd, 8:30AM.
  • Online School Strike 4 Climate: Continuing weekly school climate strikes in an online capacity.
Donation Options:
Volunteer:

 


EXPERIENCING HARDSHIP?

Emergency Relief:
Unions & Industry Activities:
Support Helplines:
If you have an initiative, event or resource you’d like to be included in this directory, get in touch via info@fbiradio.com! If you’d like to donate to FBi Radio or become a financial supporter, click here.

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