#421 Can’t Pay My Rent


In this episode, stories of people taking action to support their communities through the pandemic.

We look at how the arts industry has been responding to isolation restrictions. And the residents of an apartment block prepare to go on a rent strike.

‘Where Do The Artists Turn?’ by Danni Stewart

It’s hard to survive as an artist or someone working in the creative sector at the best of times, and now the arts are one of the hardest hit industries by this crisis. We’re all turning to art to entertain and comfort ourselves in isolation, but what support is being provided for the artists?

Initiatives mentioned in this story:

Moogahlin Performing Arts

You can find performances from Dobby and a whole lot more on the Moogahlin Performing Arts Facebook page.

First peoples keen to perform can get involved here.

Distance Between Us

Check out the #distancebetweenus program to organise a spirit lifting, moral boosting, mind soothing live performance to take the edge off zoom meetings.

Create or Die

Create or Die’s livestream performances are streamed on their Facebook page. You can tune in to Queer and Loud TV every Friday night and Create or Die Live sessions every Saturday.

Hot Mess

#payitforward and buy a ticket for a future season of Courtney’s play.

‘Hot Mess’ is years in the making and is bound to bring you much needed comedic relief, post-lockdown. The show revolves around stories, secrets and scandals that are revealed in the forced intimacy of a female toilet.

Producer: Danni Stewart

Supervising Producer: Allison Chan

Music: ‘Ode to a.D.’ by Dobby (Sydney), Moogahlin Performing Arts BN Live performance from Dobby, ‘Anxiety Wars’  by Gelareh Pour (Melbourne), ‘Songlife’ by Steve Spacek (Sydney), ‘I’m Every Woman’ by Chaka Khan, ‘A Song For The Artists’ By Martin Ingle and Sheldon Jadamson (Brisbane), and original music composition by Danni Stewart.

‘A Socially Distanced Stairwell Picket Line’ by Matilda Fay

The government has put a moratorium on evictions, but is that enough to protect tenants? For Rachael and her neighbours, joining together in collective action was a game changer.

Producer: Matilda Fay

Supervising Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Music: ‘Cinema Pathetic’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Low Light Switch’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Louver’ by Blue Dot Sessions, ‘Home at Last’ by Blue Dot Sessions.

Social media image by Linh Do via Flickr

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Josh McCoy

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Photo: Snezhana Hulak via Unsplash