Six ways artists can take action on bushfires

From organising benefit gigs and directly donating to auctioning off copies of your work online, here are a range of ways artists and arts workers can contribute to fighting bushfires.

The unprecedented bushfires raging across Australia have shocked us all. But just because you’re an artist rather than a fire fighter doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to fighting the fires by supporting your local emergency services and those whose have been displaced or made homeless by flames. Here are five practical ways you can help.

1. Donate money not goods

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts