Last month, we asked Aussie artists such as Alex Lahey, Polish Club’s David Novak and Alice Ivy how we could support the struggling music industry right now. They said: buy merch, lobby the government, share your love online … “Even if it’s just a DM with a story of how that song was meaningful to you – that kind of stuff is totally morale-boosting.” (Read the whole thing here.)
Now Melbourne laneway bar Section 8 is lending a hand. It’s teamed up with music collectives Crown Ruler and The Operatives to launch a new initiative, Section Aid. The goal? To deliver urgent, tangible help to the musos, hospo workers and artists whose livelihoods have been ravaged by the continuing lockdowns.
This Saturday September 11, the trio is hosting a nonstop, 12-hour fundraising festival – from midday to midnight – which you can stream live from your living room. The bill includes top Melbourne musos, DJs and dancers such as future-soul artist Emma Vollard, vocalist Komang, and movement artist Maggz. There’s whole lot more, too.
It’ll be a while before we can hug our mates at a festival again, so until then, virtual alternatives are as good as it gets. And with a cause like this, it’s a great one to get behind. After the event, the team behind it will be giving out ready-made meals, Eftpos cards, food-delivery vouchers, care packages (collated by volunteers) and more to those out-of-work Melburnians who need it most, with pick-up locations to be announced soon.
From 12pm to 12am.
Section Aid is free to stream here, but donations can be made throughout.