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21 January 2020

Our creative industries have pulled together to help Victorian communities in response to this summer’s devastating bushfires.

Dancer on stage with swirling lights

Image from 'Fire Up' (2007), a multi-media performance that involved the Foster, Toora, Welshpool and Fish Creek community in collaboration with artists Anna Smith (choreographer) and Alison Lester (writer)

From fundraising efforts to pledging to host future activities in bushfire affected regions, Victoria’s artists, cultural organisations and wider creative community have responded in force - and with characteristic creativity.

Get behind the following initiatives or make a direct contribution to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal which has been established to support those affected by the bushfires.

If you are looking to hold fundraising activities, make sure you register with Consumer Affairs Victoria as a fundraiser.

Music fundraisers, benefit concerts and support services

Bushfire Benefit Gig Guide: Music Victoria
A comprehensive guide to concerts and events raising money to support fire relief charities.

Mental health support - Support Act
Support for artists and music workers of all kinds including singers, songwriters, composers, musicians, roadies, techies, managers, staffers and others.

Pause on licence fees - One Music
An initiative to pause music licensing activity for OneMusic customers in bushfire declared natural disaster zones.

Music benefit events - APRA
A list of music events across Australia in support of bushfire relief.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is dedicating its first Sidney Myer Free Concert on February 5 to people affected by bushfires.

Bushfire Charity Opera
More than 50 of Victoria’s leading singers and musicians are coming together in this performance to support bushfire relief.

Wildlife Relief at the JazzLab
On 2 February 2020 Melbourne’s jazz community will get together to raise funds for wildlife adversely affected by Victoria’s catastrophic bushfires. The lineup represents a broad cross section of Melbourne’s stylistically diverse jazz scene and will be an absolutely fantastic day of music.

Australia Fashion Summit
The Festival will be donating $50 from every Australian Fashion Summit ticket towards the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

Architecture and design

Cobalt Design Initiative
Cobalt will contribute up to $50,000 in pro bono fees on a dollar-for-dollar basis of an agreed new product development project/s related to bushfire detection, fire fighting, rural community rebuilding.

Architects Assist
The Australian Institute of Architects has co-ordinated a register of over 450 architectural practices willing to work pro bono (free) to assist people who have lost their homes and community assets (i.e. shops, halls, churches or theatres). An additional 1200 students and graduates of architecture have registered to help. Assistance may vary, from simple advice to full design and planning services.

Design donated
Over 150 interior designers have offered pro bono assistance to people trying to rebuild their homes and lives through this program. Assistance could include initial advice, floor plan analysis and development, “Pre-start” selections (guiding clients to select colours, materials and fixtures etc.).

Online auctions

Leonard Joel - Street Art bushfire appeal auction
100% of all money raised from this online auction on 16 February will be directly donated to The Victorian Bushfire Appeal.

Game Devs for Fireys
An auction of signed games, original art, unique experiences, one-off opportunities and development advice to support firefighters and wildlife.

Authors for Fireys - see results
A Twitter auction which will channel funds directly to our brave Australian firefighters (closed 11 January 2020).

Arts Fight Fire
Online arts auction to raise $50K in 7 days.

Online Art Auction for Bushfire Relief: Reading Room
Online auction with 100% of funds raised to be donated to Wildlife Victoria and Firesticks Alliance Network.

Victorian Bushfire Artist and Maker Silent Auction (Online): artist Ben Gill
A silent auction to raise funds for the CFA volunteers. The proceeds from this online auction will be donated to help with future training and support of volunteers.

Art For Bushfire Relief (Online): Hound and Bone Studio
Release of limited edition prints with 100% of profits going to the CFA Public Fund.

Nique X Amelia Dowd Bushfire Relief Photography Print SaleMelbourne fashion label Nique have partnered up with photographer Amelia Dowd for a bushfire relief photography and print sale in Sydney and Melbourne. Funds raised will go to the Red Cross to help those affected by the country-wide bushfires.

Visual art, games and craft fundraisers

Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle put together 29 games for only $36 (worth $400), and have raised $2.21m which will go to the Australian Red Cross.

Outback Relief Pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Activision created an Outback Relief Pack, sales of which have raised more than $1.6 million (USD).

World of Tanks
Wargaming has donated $90K to BlazeAid following a series of fundraising activities.

Art Aid For Gippsland: Gippsland Art Gallery
Gippsland Art Gallery will hold a fundraising auction on Sunday 15 March. All money raised will be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF).

Craft Victoria
Craft Victoria have set up an information hub to share the various fundraising activities taking place to support bushfire affected communities.

Clay for Australia (Online): artist Vipoo Srivilasa
A promotion of works for sale by clay artists with all profits from sales will be donated to WIRES (Wildlife Rescue Emergency Fund) and Foodbank Australia.

Art Schools for Fire Relief
Margaret Lawrence Gallery (in collaboration with artists from Deakin University, Monash University, RMIT University and VCA: University of Melbourne) has donated artwork by some of Australia’s leading artists for sale. with proceeds to bushfire relief.

Towards Regrowth: Sutton Gallery
This 3-day, artist-led exhibition will include works by more than 30 Sutton Gallery artists and invited guests. 100% of proceeds from artwork sales and all cash donations collected at the opening reception will be donated to Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) and Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation.

Sundown at McClelland: McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery
A music and art event with local food and picnics, a lantern workshop and music, with all funds to be donated to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF).

Gasworks Farmers Market: Gasworks Arts Park
Resident artists will host a pop-up exhibition/open studio in conjunction with the Gasworks Farmers Market. All artworks will be discounted and 50% of sales from each artwork will be donated to Wildlife Victoria.

Coffin Rides: Simon Zoric, Gertrude Glasshouse
Raising funds to help koalas and other native animals injured or displaced by recent fires. All takings from drinks sold at the event will go to Wildlife Victoria’s Bush Fire Appeal.

Bushfire Relief Effort: Guest Work Agency
All proceeds from new Guest Club membership subscriptions received in January will be donated to the Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation campaign to support cultural fire and land management practice.

Australian Bushfire Fundraising Print Sale: Jacquie Manning
100% of the proceeds from print sales will go towards the Rural Fire Service and The Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities GoFundMe.

Bushfire pledge

A range of Victoria’s creative and cultural organisations have also signed up to the Victorian Government’s ‘Bushfire Pledge’, committing to hosting meetings, events or other activities in bushfire affected regions over the next six months.

The program will directly help local businesses and people in fire affected communities recover from the economic impact of the fires.

Participants include:

  • Australian Ballet
  • ACMI
  • Arts Centre
  • Circus Oz
  • Docklands Studios Melbourne
  • Film Victoria
  • Geelong Arts Centre
  • Malthouse Theatre
  • MSO
  • Museums Victoria
  • NGV
  • State Library Victoria
  • University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

If your organisation is interested in participating, visit https://businesseventsvictoria.com/bushfirepledge/ for info and to register.

News and information (creative industries focused)

Information and news of the effects of and recovery from these bushfires within the creative community.