VMA Joins Call for Government Support

Mar 20, 2020Uncategorised

The VMA, as part of the Live Industry Peak Body Alliance collective, supports the call that Governments Must Act to Prevent the Final Curtain for Live Performance Industry.

In order for our industry to influence government decision making the VMA will continue to work closely with other key industry Associations in a unified and collaborative manner. Through this collaboration we can ensure the thousands of workers directly employed by the venue management industry, across sports stadiums, arenas, performing arts, live theatre, convention and exhibition centres, festivals, race tracks, showgrounds and suppliers to the industry, are not forgotten in this unprecedented crisis.

On behalf of the Alliance, Live Performance Australia has today issued the following statement.

Australia’s live performance industry needs an assurance from the Federal Government it will be included in the next economic stimulus package. This is urgently required to prevent a complete and permanent industry shutdown, costing thousands of jobs and forcing the closure of performing arts and commercial companies and venues for good.

“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.

“The next stimulus package must include an unequivocal focus on supporting live performance through immediate and longer-term measures that will support our people and businesses.

“LPA has put forward a comprehensive $750 million emergency support package to the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

“Today all of Australia’s peak bodies and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) stand united in calling for a clear commitment from government that it will adopt these measures, otherwise, it’s the final curtain for Australia’s world class live performance industry which has fostered generations of local and global talent,” Ms Richardson said.

“This is an economic, social and cultural emergency that demands a fast, creative, flexible and agile response from all levels of government,” Ms Richardson said.

Statement issued by: Live Performance Australia in association with:

Live Industry Peak Body Alliance
AMPAG (Australian Major Performing Arts Group)
Ausdance National
Live Performance Australia
Music Australia
PAC Australia (Performing Arts Connections)
Regional Arts Australia
Stage Queensland
Symphony Services Australia
Theatre Network Australia
Venue Management Association
Music Industry Alliance
AAM (Association of Artist Managers)
AFA (Australian Festivals Association)
AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association)
AMIN (Australian Music Industry Network)
AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association)
APRA AMCOS (Australian Performing Rights Association)
ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association)
ATSI Music Office (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Live Performance Australia
Music ACT
Music Australia
Music NSW
Music NT
Music SA
Music Tasmania
Music Victoria
Q Music
Sounds Australia
VMDO (Victorian Music Development Office)
WAM (West Australian Music)
MEAA (Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance)

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