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Covid 19 Grants for Small Business and Music Industry

This one is specifically designed to answer a question I am currently being asked by clients at least 7-8 times a day.

What are the Covid-19 grants available for Small Business and the Music Industry – and am I eligible?

So here it is – the small business and music industry grant list – pulled together last night over a glass of wine – so I can’t 1000%  guarantee I have listed EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.

But I think I’ve done a pretty thorough job – and the grants are listed HERE State by State, with a few extra resources thrown in.

If you haven’t already looked at your grant options then get to it NOW. Look for your State, click the link, read the criteria, and if you are eligible, APPLY.✍️

Some of them close soon (a couple have already closed) so please DON’T delay.

You have probably heard the Federal Government announcement yesterday that it’s starting to plan a roadmap out of this lockdown.

I am feeling optimistic that this may not go on for as long as we were originally led to believe.   Thanks mostly to the majority of Aussies doing the right thing. Keep those fingers and toes crossed.

In the meantime, hang in there.  We will all get through this.

If you are a creative, a live performer, a musician, and you have questions about making your way through the complexity of Covid-19 stimulus, contact us for some assistance.

Grab our JobKeeper Cheat Sheet

Now that the JobKeeper legislation has passed it’s time to seriously get cracking.

If you have eligible employees and if revenue is down 30% on last year, or if that’s looking likely in the coming months, then  YOU MUST REGISTER your interest for JobKeeper NOW.

The DEADLINE for JobKeeper REGISTRATION is 26 APRIL.

Failure to register by the deadline means you will miss out on JobKeeper payments for the first two fortnights.

If you’re unsure of your eligibility, just register anyway, it only takes a minute.

All you need is your business name and ABN, and a contact name, number and email address.

Once you have registered, the next steps are:

1. Check your business and your employees meet the eligibility requirements.
2. Continue to pay at least $1,500 to each eligible employee per fortnight.
3. Notify your eligible employees that you are claiming JobKeeper on their behalf.
4. Send the JobKeeper employee nomination notice to your eligible employees.

Here is a JOBKEEPER CHEAT SHEET we’ve pulled together which may help  to answer some of the eligibility and other JobKeeper questions you might have.  It also explains these next steps.

To help work through all the issues, and share information as it comes to hand, I’ve also created a Facebook Group (Your Business Matters).

So if you haven’t joined already, please join HERE AND FLAG YOUR QUESTIONS in the group where I will do my best to answer them for the benefit of everyone.

If you are a musician, live performer, or a creative, contact us now  to help get your finances in order and negotiate the Governent Covid-19 stimulus.

JobKeeper OR JobSeeker? Covid-19. Making policy on the run.

I have been getting a lot of similar queries this last week – and I’ll be honest –  it’s difficult keeping on top of all the phone calls and emails, as well as process this behemoth stimulus package.

(AND afterall, I DO have a scarf to knit.🤣)

If I haven’t got back to you yet, I humbly apologise.

As you know, the Government is moving quickly with announcements and there is masses of policy being made ‘on the run’.

Truth is, at the moment I don’t know for sure if you are “JobKeeper” or “JobSeeker”.  Many of you are somewhere in between, OR even a bit of both.

To help work through all the issues, and share information as it comes to hand, as well as answer your many questions, I’ve created a Facebook Group (Your Business Matters) – so please join the group HERE. 

And simply fire away.  Ask me your questions (and I will answer them).  Make comments. Communicate and support each other.  AND if you know of any other creatives, musicians, live performers, who might benefit, please invite them to join.

I also want to remind everyone that the Covid-19 Treasury Factsheets, and many of the announcements, are not yet in legislation.  So while they give a broad overview, in reality, the final legislated details may be quite different.

Once we have legislation, I will interpret it and query the nitty gritty ‘real-life’ bits that aren’t properly explained.  The bits that may help (or hinder) YOU.

Rest assured that I am keeping across ALL official Government updates – and plenty more. (That is also code for ‘no need to email me stuff’.)

And finally, while it’s incredibly hard now, I believe after weeks/months in quarantine, Australians will come out the other end of this with a renewed appreciation for our home-grown musicians, artists and creatives.

I also suspect it will be some time before foreign acts will be performing internationally.  That means there is a captive audience of Aussies just waiting to go to the local pub, have a beer and watch a live performance.

Remember, save up your questions, and submit them to me via the Facebook Group – Your Business Matters. Because it does!

For more of our blog updates on the Australian Covid 19 stimulus packages check out our blog here.  

And remember, join our new Facebook Group Your Business Matters and post your questions and comments!

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