The impact of COVID-19 restrictions has been felt in every sector, but one group that has seen their work opportunities dry up almost completely is the nation's musicians.
Tours and festivals were cancelled, album launches postponed and gigs were outlawed due to new rules on mass gatherings.
For instance, Candelo singer-songwriter Heath Cullen recently released his fourth album, but has to look at a tour to promote it later this year once restrictions ease.
Former Bega musician Corey Legge, who has a solo outfit and is in the Swamp Stompers, has lost about 40 shows over the next three months including a tour to Europe.
Then there is singer-songwriter Vendulka, who overnight went from having gigs booked for three months in advance to having "zero income".
"I couldn't afford my Sydney rent (as my landlord wouldn't budge) so I've had to move house, and chose to move back to Canberra for affordability," she said.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says the 6033 instrumental musicians in the country make up 38 per cent of those employed in the performing arts sector, while there are 941 singers.
Cullen said what lasting effect the coronavirus restrictions would have on the arts industry depended on the government support it could receive.
"Unfortunately, lots of artists fall through the government's JobKeeper criteria due to the very nature of the gig economy," he said.
"The arts as an industry contribute millions to the economy and I don't think it gets the recognition or support it deserves from the scale of its contribution.
"Lots of great companies are going to go under, some already have."
Vendulka recently embarked on an indie-electronic pop project called Aya Yves and in order to adapt to the pandemic she has been getting creative about how to promote her new music as she cannot tour.
Instead, she has performed livestreamed concerts, such as on weekly online music festival Isol-Aid, and moved co-writing sessions to Zoom or Facetime.
"It's been a great exercise in thinking out of the box - especially in social media world which is incredibly flooded with content due to everyone being at home," Vendulka said.
To adapt to the pandemic, Cullen has used Patreon as a means of supporting himself.
It has a direct artist and audience subscription model that he described as "fantastic", and he is nearing 100 subscribers who are excited to hear his previously unreleased songs and film clips he has been releasing through the platform.
Legge has also been livestreaming his concerts; he performs in a live video on social media and shares a link to his crowdfunding site with the show called his "tip jar" to which his audience can donate whatever amount they like.
"There's still an interactive element to it, but you don't feel nervous or pressure like you do if you have people directly in front of you," he said.
But Cullen said while it was exciting to see so many artists embrace livestreamed concerts, he did not believe it was a sustainable business model.
How to help
To help support musicians, Legge encouraged audiences to share musicians' content, sign up to mailing lists and if they have money to spare then donate to "tip jars".
Cullen said audiences can find musicians' online stores to purchase music, or go to Bandcamp as it compensated its artists fairly.
Vendulka said stream your favourite artists on repeat overnight as it helps boost the algorithms which can assist with playlist exposure, and buy artists' merchandise if you are in a position to do so.
"Share their music with your friends - help get the word out," she said.
"And eventually when restrictions are lifted, go to as many gigs as you can!"