News July 28, 2020

Nando’s pledges $200K for Support Act COVID-19 grant recipients

Nando’s pledges $200K for Support Act COVID-19 grant recipients
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Nando’s has partnered with to help as the Aussie music charity provide coronavirus relief grants to artists, crew and industry workers.

Even as some gathering restrictions and social distancing measures are relaxed in some parts of Australia, the live industry continues to suffer for lack of tours, and so the restaurant chain has pledged to provide 15,000 meals to help feed Support Act grant recipients.

Support Act recently pushed the number of crisis relief grants for music professionals higher, following a funding injection from the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.

Almost $1 million has been given out in grants to over 400 artists, crew and music workers Australia-wide, and Nando’s has now provided 15,000 meals to the tune of $200,000.

“Music workers were some of the first people to be affected by the pandemic, and are likely to be the last to fully recover,” said Support Act CEO, Clive Miller.

“Our COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants are helping many music workers and their families keep their heads above water by covering essential costs like rent, household bills and groceries.

“We’re thrilled that Nando’s has jumped on board to provide additional support…,” Miller said.

With this latest initiative, Nando’s continues its support of touring artists and the industry.

“As a purpose-led business, feeding the nation during the pandemic has been really important to us,” said Nando’s music program spokesperson Cath Palfreyman.

“COVID-19 has, unfortunately, put our artist feeds and annual MX workshops on hold for now, but we wanted to keep supporting the industry,” Palfreyman said.

“We love Support Act, so we are super pleased to be working with them again, finding a new way to share the Nando’s love with artists, crew and industry workers in a field close to our hearts.”

Since April, Nando’s have also contributed $4.5 million worth of food to frontline Healthcare and Emergency Service workers and have generated an additional 1 million meals to Foodbank.

More information on how to sign up for the Support Act Crisis Relief grant available here.

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