May eNews 2021


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As we transition towards COVIDSafe settings, we’ve seen our theatre capacities slowly increase from 0% to 100%. But, unlike our theatre capacities, we might have gone from 0% to 100% very quickly!

If the somewhat sudden return to the intensity of the world of the performing arts has left you feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone, and may want to read through the latest in our returning to creative work and workplaces series – Back after interval: tips and techniques for performers and creatives.

The series also includes: Back after interval: tips and techniques for practitioners and performing arts workers and Back after interval: tips and techniques for leaders, managers and organisations. As we return to our work and workplaces, or perhaps are entering the industry for the first time, it can be helpful to remember that recovery is not the same as being recovered.

We are in a process right now that takes time, that will include set-backs and sudden improvements, and we might have less ‘in the tank’ than usual. That’s okay! As we go through this recovery, all of us are going to continue to need greater rest, kindness, and care than we may have needed previously.

Consider what it’s like to recover from injury – it’s not dissimilar to the process we are now going through. As we continue to open up and come together again, try to cut yourself and others some slack; to hold space for people’s emotions; and to make time for each other. We will recover and we are recovering. Rest, connection and care now – for ourselves and for those around us – will save us all busted stitches down the track.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mental Health Matinée: Exit Stage Left. If you missed this session or any others, you can catch up online. We hope you can join us for the next Mental Health Matinée on Thursday 17 June at 11.30am.

Wishing you good health and creativity,
The team at Arts Centre Melbourne

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Mental Health Matinée: Back after interval

As COVID-19 restrictions ease across Australia, many of us are beginning a gradual return to work in the performing arts industry. What are the mental health impacts we should consider as we continue our recovery journey? This session explores how you can take steps to care for your mental health – and the mental health of your peers – as we help get our creative community back on stage. Presented by Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, Sage Psychology.


*NEW* Back after interval: tips and techniques for performers and creatives

The mental and physical strain of performing was well-known before COVID-19. It hasn’t suddenly become easier now that our theatres are reopening. Add to that the complex and sometimes competing emotions of excitement, gratitude, sadness, frustration, and many more that we might be feeling, it’s no surprise that we might be looking for some tips and techniques for navigating this unusual time.

Back after interval: tips and techniques for practitioners and performing arts workers

Whether we’re working, training, rehearsing, presenting or touring, we’re likely doing so after a prolonged period away. As we navigate this return to our creative practice and work roles within a new context, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions. This will be a process of change that will be experienced differently by each of us.

Back after interval: tips and techniques for leaders, managers and organisations

Effectively preparing our teams, companies and organisations as we return to work and to work-sites is critical to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. Fortunately, there are plenty of preventative, proactive steps to take to ensure our people are given every opportunity to do their best work as we rebuild and recover the performing arts industry.

Mental Health Matinée: On the road again

Going on tour is great fun, and one of the cornerstones of our thriving performing arts sector. But, what are the mental health impacts we should consider as we continue to navigate living, working and touring with the impact of COVID-19? Presented by Dr Jane Miskovic-Wheatley, Sage Psychology.


Support Act: MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper cash grants

If you’re working professionally in any genre of music and need financial support, our friends at Support Act have MusicKeeper and CrewKeeper cash grants available. Cash grants are valued at $2,000 for individuals and $2,700 for families with dependent children. The grants are available to anyone working in the industry, from musicians, songwriters and publishers to crew workers, managers, promoters and journalists. They are for all music genres including rock, pop, indie, classical, country, cabaret, music theatre, art music, heavy, electronic, dance, hip hop, soul, jazz, RnB, blues and folk.

Support Act Wellbeing Helpline

It can be tricky navigating the performing arts industry at the best of times – navigating in a COVID-normal world can be even trickier! It is never too early to ask for help, support, strategies or suggestions for looking after your mental health and wellbeing. Book in a session with an experienced, qualified clinician who understands the unique challenges of the performing arts. Call 1800 959 500, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make an appointment.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk, please contact the Emergency Services on 000.

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