Netflix has announced support for Australian film and television industry workers who lost their jobs were productions shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Support Act provides crisis relief services to people in the music industry following an injury if they need mental health support or any other crisis.
The applications were open last June 15, where the fund will be available to vulnerable and casual workers who aren’t able to work during the shutdowns. Workers such as coordinators, assistants, technicians, and make-up artists – who often get paid hourly wages and work on a project to project basis – can apply to get a $1000 one-time payment through the fund.
In a statement said by Netflix Director of Content for SEA and Australia, Myleeta Aga, “We’re grateful to be able to work with the Support Act to establish the Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund.”
“We want to help those in the Australian screen industry who most need financial assistance, especially casual workers hit by the current crisis,” she added.
In addition, the streaming giant is giving an unspecified amount to assist the Support Act in its ongoing provision of crisis relief services to musicians, crew, and music workers and its mental health promotion activities including the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, which is available to arts workers across Australia.
Support Act CEO Clive Miller tells IF the money will be dispensed on a “first-in, best dressed” basis and he will not be surprised if the fund is exhausted in a couple of days.
“The board of Support Act recognizes the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on production personnel across all of the creative industries, and the strong alignment that exists between the music industry and the screen arts,” he said.
“We congratulate Netflix on this initiative and welcome the opportunity to partner with them to help deliver these funds at this extraordinary time of need.”
The COVID-19 Film and Television Emergency Relief Fund is part of Netflix’s broader US$100 million fund – which later increased to $150 million – mostly used to assist workers affected on its own productions around the world.