Live Performance Australia (LPA) has called upon the Federal Government to ensure the live performance industry is included in the next economic stimulus package. Members of the Live Music Industry Peak Body Alliance and Music Industry Alliance, including QMusic.
“Our industry is shedding jobs by the hour - but so far little has been said by the Prime Minister or Treasurer on their plan to help the thousands of performers, artists, creatives, technical and road crew or sustain hundreds of performing arts and commercial companies, including music promoters, producers, venues and all the service providers that keep the industry alive,” said LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson.
LPA has proposed a $750 million emergency support package to the Commonwealth, state and territory governments. Wage Subsidy for industry employees and artists who have lost work due to restrictions and zero-interest business loans are also considered to support the broader economy. The industry package comprises of:
COMMERCIAL SECTOR - $550m
• Cash injection of $25,000 to $2m per company to alleviate immediate and prospective losses and retain staff - $300m • Commercial businesses include: producers, promoters, venues (e.g. theatres, live music venues, etc), festivals, service providers (e.g. staging, lighting, sound, ticketing, agents and managers, etc) • Rebate transaction fees through ticketing companies, which can be passed back to promoters, venues, festivals - $150m • $25,000 grant for live music venues (4,000 venues nationally) - $100m
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL - $180m
• Cash injection to performing arts companies and suburban/ regional venues • Extending all current government funding arrangements • Additional funding for Four Year Funded Organisations Program to ensure capacity
SUPPORT ACT - $20m
• Mental health crisis and hardship support for artists, performers, musicians, crew, technicians
The package also outlines a recovery/reactivation phase comprising of a marketing campaign, consumer stimulus, tax incentives for live productions and live music events as well as utilising Support Act and Australia Council.