Community radio gets help from Support Act

The Community Broadcasting Foundation is partnering with Support Act to extend access to its Wellbeing Helpline to community broadcasters and station personnel.

Support Act is Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief and support to musicians and music workers.
The impact of corona virus protocols on community broadcasters has been unprecedented with many stations already moving to social distancing and remote alternatives, while others have opted to switch to networked or standby programming, with significant impact and disruption to individual shows and station operations.
The annual Australian Music T-Shirt Day to raises funds for Support Act.
Now, Support Act CEO, Clive Miller, and Support Act Chair, Sally Howland, have generously offered to extend access to Support Act’s Wellbeing Helpline to community broadcasters.
“Community radio is a longstanding champion of Australian music, providing constant support for our industry to thrive. As we grapple with the devastating impact of coronavirus on musicians and music workers, community radio stations are dealing with uncertainty of corona protocols on maintaining regular programming,” says Clive Miller.
“We know many community broadcasters are a big part of their local music communities, and some of those same communities are still recovering from recent bushfires. These are challenging times for many of us, and Support Act is proud to extend access to our Wellbeing Helpline to our friends and colleagues in community radio who have always been there to support Australian music.”
This initiative is part of the CBF’s ongoing efforts to find ways to support the sector in these challenging times.
CBF Partnerships Manager, and long-term community radio broadcaster, Tracee Hutchison says,  “This is such a generous and welcome gesture from Support Act to extend access to the Wellbeing Helpline to community broadcasters, acknowledging that the impact of coronavirus protocols has extended to our sector too. Many community stations had a very tough summer of bushfires and now we’re seeing more disruption and distress.
“Community broadcasters and stations have been great supporters of Support Act and, of course, we play the music! We share the pain and impact of cancelled tours, festivals and shows on our friends and colleagues in Australian music. From all of us in community broadcasting, our heartfelt thanks to Support Act CEO Clive Miller and Chair Sally Howland, it’s great to know we’re all in this together.”


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