AMPAG supports LPA call for urgent stimulus and relief

MEDIA RELEASE The performing arts sector as a whole delivers to the Australian economy over $4billion[1] dollars p.a. However, the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 is both a present and growing challenge for industry. It is impacting both revenue and organisational capacity.

AMPAG supports LPA call for urgent stimulus and relief

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“We are already seeing a fall in ticket sales, shows and events are being cancelled and significant uncertainty exists regarding international tours and artist travel. Current and future performing arts organisational challenges are arising from the combined impact of the bushfires and COVID-19 and the likely downturn in discretional spending that will accompany an economic recession,” said Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) Executive Director, Bethwyn Serow.

“AMPAG wrote to the Minister for Communications and Arts, The Hon Paul Fletcher yesterday outlining our concerns and the need for relief initiatives and economic stimulus to plan for the potentially devastating impact COVID-19 will have on the sector.”

 “We support Live Performance Australia’s media release, issued earlier today, calling for the expansion of the federal government’s economic relief package to cover other sectors in the economy, including the live performance industry, as the public health response to COVID-19 continues to develop,” said AMPAG Chair, Mary Jo Capps AM.

“The performing arts are characterised by high levels of casual employment, and rely on a combination of ticket sales, philanthropy and government investment to succeed. The performing arts are major employers, stimulate tourism and help communities to connect – all of which will be important assets in assisting recovery. “

[1] Cultural and creative activity in Australia 2008-09 to 2016-17 https://www.communications.gov.au/departmental-news/economic-value-cultural-and-creative-activity

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