AMPAG thanks both the Prime Minister, Hon. Scott Morrison MP and Minister for the Arts the Hon. Paul Fletcher for this support and their considered engagement across the sector over recent months.
“The recognition by Government of the heavy toll COVID-19 has had on the livelihoods of creative workers and viability of arts organisations across the country is much appreciated, both within and beyond the arts sector,” said AMPAG Chair, Mary Jo Capps AM.
Australia’s not-for-profit arts organisations are some of the most effective and efficient in the world. However, because of their charitable status, they cannot go to the market or shareholders to raise much needed capital. This package is an important step in addressing this issue and will help equip organisations to develop new work, to seed innovation and navigate market risk by providing access to much needed capital and R&D investment.
Ms Capps said, “It recognises the sector’s unique contribution to Australia’s economy and the community, detrimental impact COVID-19 has had on the sector, as well as its capacity to reboot. Recovery will be a slow process. We know that the challenges will continue to unfold, and we remain vulnerable to further impacts as long as COVID remains a threat.”
“Importantly the Coalition government has sent a clear message that the performing arts, as part of the creative industries has a very real and valuable role to play in rebuilding our national economy,” said AMPAG Executive Director, Bethwyn Serow.
“Creative industries jobs pre-COVID grew twice the rate of the broader economy and creative skills are acknowledged as essential in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Developing strategies to harness and accelerate the impact of the creative sector through the Creative Industries Taskforce positions us at the heart of Australia’s national recovery.”