A message to our community

19 March 2020

As a part of the Helpmann community, I am writing to update you on our actions in response to COVID-19. At the forefront of our minds is the health and wellbeing of our staff, the artists we support and our donors and partners. As such we have been closely observing the SA Government guidelines around how best to avoid the rapid spread of this pandemic. It is therefore inevitable that we have had to make some changes to Helpmann’s programs and services.

Effective immediately all upcoming seminars, masterclasses and international residencies have been postponed until a time that we can ensure the safety of all participants. We are currently working on alternatives for those artists who have been awarded funding for overseas ventures.

We have also made the difficult decision to postpone our Night of Jazz event with Harry James Angus. We will keep you updated on any developments with this event. It is our hope that we will be able to host this night and the 2020 Jazz Awards at some later date.

We will however still be going ahead with the Helpmann Academy Award for Voice (which is currently open for applications). We will be opening the first round of the Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorships in the week following Easter (week commencing 13 April 2020). Many mentorships achieve great outcomes using online communications. Applying for an “online” mentorship is an opportunity to connect and create and make the most of the options available despite social distancing requirements.

In this extraordinary situation, we want to remind people that art can be a great unifier, tool for hope and way to connect with one another. We have been buoyed by the recent videos of Italian communities on lockdown making music together. Our arts communities are already being impacted significantly by COVID-19, so if you have the means please consider supporting local creatives by purchasing music, art or merchandise or share the artists that you love far and wide via your social networks. Now is the time that we need to band together as a community and keep our creative pulse vibrating during these uncertain times.

We will keep you updated as the situation changes.

Thank you for your ongoing support in these challenging times.

Jane MacFarlane
CEO Helpmann Academy

Please be aware that as of 2pm Friday, 20 March public access to the Aurora Building (147 Pirie St) will be restricted until further notice. As such, from Monday 23 March, we will be limiting face to face appointments. We are still here to support our valued community and able to offer telephone or video appointments.

Image: Onlookers admire Chelsea Materne’s work ‘Tree Rings’ at the 2020 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, photo by Georgia Matthews.