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HANG ON, HELP IS ON ITS WAY: New South Wales Government announce lifeline for major events

Festival and major event organisers will be able to pay suppliers, staff, and recover other costs when an event is cancelled or disrupted as a result of public health orders thanks to a new lifeline from the New South Wales Government.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the Event Saver Fund will provide a critical lifeline for major event organisers who have had to cancel, postpone or vary their events due topublic health orders.

“Major events are a key economic driver that create thousands of jobs across the state. The Event Saver Fund will ensure that organisers aren’t left high and dry as we work through this latest phase of the pandemic and sends a strong signal that the Government is here to support business,” Mr Perrottet said.

The fund is designed to ensure promoters have enough confidence to continue planing major events and festivals in New South Wales, knowing that, should public health orders disrupt their events, they will not be shouldering the losses without support.

Ben Franklin, Minister for the Arts, believes today’s announcement shows the Government’s strong commitment to the arts.

“Major events provide tremendous social benefits to the community, bringing us together to enjoy live performances,” Mr Franklin said.

“As we look to rebound from the effects of the past two years, this funding will help support local jobs and ensure major event organisers can plan with confidence to safely deliver their events in 2022/23.”

For more information and to apply for funding, you can visit create.nsw.gov.au.