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How to support the arts on a budget

Faced with unpredictable lockdowns, travel restrictions, and venue capacity limits, artists and arts workers need your support now more than ever. However, this period of uncertainty has been difficult for everybody, so we understand that spending big on VIP concert tickets isn’t feasible for everyone at the moment.

If you’re on a budget but keen to support the arts, keep reading to discover how you can do so without breaking the bank. 


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Perth Festival's Chevron Lighthouse at Perth Concert Hall, 2020
Photography: Rebecca Mansell


Take advantage of discounted tickets. When it’s safe to do so, attending live events is still one of the best ways to support artists and arts workers. Next time you’re buying concert tickets, keep an eye out for discounted ticket prices. Concession prices are available for a huge range of concerts at Perth Concert Hall, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia, and Australian Chamber Orchestra all offer special prices for students and people under 30. 

Opt for cheap seats. If you’re not eligible for discounted tickets, you can save money by choosing seats in B- or C-Reserve. Seats in our Upper Gallery are often cheaper and offer a fuller view of the entire stage. If you’re a classical music fan, WASO’s Choir Stalls seats only cost $30 and offer an intimate and unique view of the Orchestra from behind the stage. We recommend that everyone experience a concert in each section of our auditorium at least once and the acoustics are spectacular no matter where you sit!


View from WASO Choir Stalls
View from WASO's Choir Stalls


Show your support online. If you’re on social media, make sure to follow your favourite artists and engage with their posts. If they have an online store, sharing the link on your social media pages is a great way to help them make money, even if you can’t afford to purchase anything at the moment. You can also show your support by listening to music on Spotify, watching YouTube videos, and tuning in to live streams.

Keep an eye out for discounted classes. Attending a creative class or workshop is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, learn a new skill, and support the artist running it. You can find some great discounted art classes and music lessons on Groupon.

Talk about your favourite artists. Next time you catch up with a friend, co-worker, or family member, let them know about an artist you think they’d like. As well as being a great way to support the artist, a personal recommendation is a really thoughtful way to connect with people in your inner circle.

Check in on artists and arts workers in your life. If you know an artist or arts worker who has been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, reach out to them and find out if there’s anything you can do to help them. Even if it’s just a coffee run or a quick chat on the phone, a little kindness goes a long way.

We've got some fantastic events coming up this year! Check out our 2021 concert calendar.