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LPA angered by ‘disappointing’ Australian budget

Live Performance Australia angered at government's neglect of proposals supporting the music industry

By Jamie Raybould on 09 May 2018

image © LPA

The Australian government, led by PM Malcolm Turnbull, has neglected to demonstrate its support for Australia’s live music and performance industry by ignoring proposals put forth by Live Performance Australia (LPA), the Australian industry association has claimed.

These proposals include providing tax incentives on pre-production costs for live productions, providing finance for touring productions and establishing a seed fund of A$20m over four years for original Australian major shows (‘works of scale’). Read more on the proposals here.

The proposals would be supporting new Australian content, innovation, and job creation in the $2.5 billion live industry, which in turn supports 34,000 jobs in metropolitan and regional areas.

The industry attracts more than 18 million people a year to shows in the larger cities.

“This budget is a big disappointment for live performance”

LPA chief executive Evelyn Richardson (pictured) says: “This budget is a big disappointment for live performance. There’s nothing there in terms of new policy initiatives or investment to support the live performance industry’s growth and sustain the 34,000 jobs in metropolitan and regional areas supported by the industry.”

She continues: “The government’s neglect of live performance in this budget follows the upheaval of earlier budgets, including the Catalyst fiasco [a reference to the controversial arts funding programme which was axed in 2017]. Post-Catalyst, the minister for the arts, Senator Fifield, indicated he wanted to work with industry to develop a more strategic approach to supporting live performance in Australia.

“That was almost two years ago, and as this budget shows, the government is yet to take up the opportunity to come up with any meaningful policy initiatives or plan for our industry or the creative industries more broadly.”


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