AUSTRALIA UNVEILS $345 MILLION COVID CONCERT INDUSTRY SUPPORT PLAN
With restrictions for live music venues and nightclubs easing, the Australian and New Zealand live performance sectors are looking past COVID-19 with a re-build plan officially locked in.
Live Performance Australia unveiled June 4 an ambitious $345 million plan to restart and rebuild the industry.
Its main thrust is a $90 million Business Reactivation Fund which includes capital investment for productions and tours and support for service providers as production, crew, video, sound and lighting specialists.
Among other initiatives were a $55 million ‘See It Live’ to attract tourists to live events in Australia, tax incentives for venues, a loan scheme and waiving visa fees for overseas acts.
“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