Musicians’ plea as live music figures hit new low

Original article by Martin Boulton
The Age – Page: Online : 17-Feb-21

Australia’s live music industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with data from APRA-AMCOS showing that the sector is operating at less than four per cent of pre-coronavirus levels. More than 350 artists and music industry workers have written an open letter urging the federal government to either extend the JobKeeper scheme or introduce an industry-specific wage subsidy. They note that the arts and entertainment sector employs almost 200,000 Australians and contributes about $15bn to GDP each year.

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AUSTRALASIAN PERFORMING RIGHT ASSOCIATION LIMITED, AUSTRALASIAN MECHANICAL COPYRIGHT OWNERS SOCIETY LIMITED

Tanking arts and entertainment sector to get $250m support package

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 25-Jun-20

The federal government will announce details of a $250m coronavirus rescue package for the arts and entertainment sector on 25 June. The package will provide grants and low-interest loans to businesses and cultural institutions in a sector that has been hard-hit by the coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the package will provide financial assistance for all people in the sector, including those who build stage sets and develop computer-generated special effects, rather than just actors and performers.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Near $1bn boost for building kicks off targeted stimulus

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 3-Jun-20

The federal government is expected to release details of its coronavirus stimulus package for the construction industry on 4 June. It is tipped to include cash grants of between $20,000 and $50,000 for people buying a new home, in order to avert a decline in construction activity towards the end of 2020. The government is also expected to provide cash grants for home renovations. A stimulus package for the arts and entertainment is also said to be on the government’s agenda.

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