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LPA announces multi-million dollar plan to save OZ performance industry

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has unveiled a $345 million plan to rebuild the country’s live performance industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The wide-reaching, two-year recovery plan includes investment in performing arts companies anf productions to help them restart, extending some income support to businesses and individuals to keep jobs as well as incentives to encourage audiences to return to live events,

“As we enter the 12th week of shutdowns due to the public health response, it’s well and truly time for the Federal Government to get behind Australia’s arts and entertainment industry and deliver a comprehensive and properly funded plan so our world-class industry can get back to work,” LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said.

“We welcome the Morrison Government’s acknowledgement of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the arts and entertainment industry, but it’s now time for real action backed by substantial targeted investment.”

Ms Richardson added that a sustained approach was needed to get the industry up and running again and as such, LPA is calling for the establishment of a $90 million Business reactivation Fund which includes support for service providers such as production and technical businesses, and capital investments to restart and market productions and tours.

The plan also calls for a $25 million Community Engagement Fund to support regional venues and a $20 million Australian Music Recovery Fund to ensure the sustainability of venues and music-related businesses.

“Our $4 billion dollar industry will be a major driver of economic activity, jobs and cultural tourism recovery. Our number one priority is getting our venues open and our people back to work,” Ms Richardson said.

“We look forward to working closely with governments at all levels to make this happen in the coming months. Getting our theatres open in spring is our first priority followed by our larger events such as concerts and music festivals.

“Our Kiwi cousins are back in theatres in the next two weeks with no physical distancing, so we believe our September timeframe is very achievable.”

“It will take time for the live performance industry to rebuild, so we also need to continue to provide income support through programs such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker for industry workers who have been displaced by COVID-19,” Ms Richardson said.

Head here for full details of the LPA plan.

Written by Stephen Bisset