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Get down for a cause: a guide to the bushfire relief benefits

By now the devastation from the unprecedented bushfire crisis that has raged through our country is well known – we have seen the gut-wrenching images and videos, and heard the stories from Australians who’ve lost their homes, businesses and communities.

In response, the arts scene has banded together to help raise money for the emergency services and wildlife charities who have been working tirelessly for months in the wake of this ongoing destruction. With new gigs and exhibitions popping up every week, we’ve rounded up a list of the bushfire benefit shows happening in the coming weeks. If there’s ever been a time to dance / buy art for a good cause, it’s now.

New South Wales

23.01.20

Astral People and Oxford Art Factory have organised a gig with 100% of ticket sales going to the NSW Rural Fire Services, WIRES, Red Cross and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities. Not only that, 100% of the saes from Resch’s Draught, Jim Beam and Young Henrys will be donated, as well as all profits from the artists merch sold on the night.

It’s epic line-up features Basenji, Young Franco, Mike Who, Cosmos Midnight and Andy Garvey – just to name a few.

19.01.20

Girls on Deck will be throwing a ‘Sunday Sesh’ to remember, with 100% of tickets sold donated to NSW Rural Fire Services and WIRES. It’s an all-star woman line up volunteering their time and talents for a good cause – so do yourself a favour a get to Fred’s in Camden and help out our firies and native animals.

19.01.20

Girls on Deck will be throwing a ‘Sunday Sesh’ to remember, with 100% of tickets sold donated to NSW Rural Fire Services and WIRES. It’s an all-star woman line up volunteering their time and talents for a good cause – so do yourself a favour a get to Fred’s in Camden and help out our firies and native animals.

24.01.20

A bushfire fundraiser featuring the biggest fully south coast-based line-up ever; Hockey Dad, Tumbleweed, Dune Rats, Shining Bird, Totty & Maddy Jane, will all be at North Wollongong Hotel, playing music for a good cause.

As south coast locals, the recent bushfire crisis is an issue super close to home for many of these artists, so in light of this 100% of all tickets, raffle and merchandise proceeds on the night will be donated to NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW National Parks & Wildlife services and the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Fredas Raindance Fundraiser

18.01.20

For a night of art and dance look no further than the Down Under Gallery. 100% of proceeds from art sold going to WIRES in support of the amazing work the volunteers are doing. Artists include Alex Johnstone, Gigi Midgley and Cloudy Rhodes, along with a line-up of DJ’s to take you onto the dance floor.

Jerico Contemporary presents ‘Company’

16.01.20

Opening on the 16th of January and running till the 1st of February, art by Paige Northwood will be available for purchase with 10% of all sale to be donated to the Fire Relief Fund For First Nations Communities.

Clare Gallery Presents ‘Earth Matters’

16.01.20

Opening January 16th, Clare Gallery will be splitting it’s takings from this exhibition 50/50 between WIRES and Bushfire Relief. With artists such as Sloane Angell, Poppy Kural and Gabrielle Penfold displaying their work, it’s an exhibition not to be missed.

23.01.20

A favourite local haunt, Waywards, is opening its doors to a host of Sydney musicians – coming together for a night of fundraising for bushfire relief. Think Annie Hamilton, Baby Beef, Body Type, Gauci, Mark Harding and Side Hustle DJs. Tickets are $20 and 100 per cent of proceeds will be split evenly between the Red Cross, WIRES Animal Rescue and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.

Victoria

25.01.20

Hosted at Stay Gold in Brunswick and featuring the likes of Alex Lahey, Japanese Wallpaper, Greta Ray, Alice Ivy, Stella Farnan and more – this concert will donate 100% of its proceeds to the Country Fire Authority and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.

09.02.20

If day-time dancing is more your style, then this bushfire appeal show is for you.  With a stellar line up including, Golden Features, Running Touch, Adult Art Club and more to be announced, you can dance the day away knowing 100% of the profits will be going to a good cause, including Australian Red Cross, CFA and WIRES.

26.02.20

With a lineup that includes Angus and Julia Stone, Briggs, Gang Of Youths, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana and Thelma Plum, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl will play host to an iconic collection of local artists in support of the families, firefighters and communities across Australia impacted by the recent bushfire (and ongoing climate) crisis. “We hope to give you the greatest thing we can in this time of great need – our voices and our songs.”

Queensland

19.01.20

Alex the Astronaut, Kira Peru, The Grates, Thelma Plum, Tia Gostelow and MC Mel Buttle are coming together to raise much needed funds for communities and wildlife affected by the devastating bushfires. With 100% of profits going to Fire Relief for First Nations Communities, NSW RFS, VIC CFA, and WIRES.

25.01.20

Give a hand to those affected by the Australian bushfires (not a handshake) by heading along to The Tivoli to see some of the greats including; Matt Corby, The Kite String Tangle, Ngaiire, Megan Washington, The RIOT, and a whole heap more. 100% of all ticket, bar and merchandise profits will be donated to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, WIRES, and The First Nations Fire Relief Fund.

Western Australia

16.02.20

In response to the devastation of the ongoing bushfires, the Perth music community has come together to present a night of all nights. The event will be hosted by the Rosemount Hotel with all funds raised going directly to those who need it most, including a share of the bar sales that night – so if you are in Perth, head along to support the communities and wildlife affected by the fires with a night of music by a slew of highly regarded WA born and bred talent.

International

Australian artist Alex Cameron, and a range of other talented musicians, will be performing at the Belief 4 Relief show in New York this coming Thursday. Just bring $20 and a whole lot of love, according to Al Cam.

Additionally, artist John Zabawa and an extensive range of brands and artists collaborating in the Hearts On Fire online Auction, are donating their profits from art work sold over the coming weeks.