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Live Performance Australia slams Federal budget as a ‘no show’

Live Performance Australia slams Federal budget as a ‘no show’
May 9, 2018

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has described the 2018/19 Federal budget as another missed opportunity to demonstrate its support for the live performance industry in the Federal Budget.

Live Performance Australia (LPA) put forward a number of proposals to the Government in its Budget submission to support new Australian content, innovation and job creation for the $2.5 billion live performance industry.

However, LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson advised “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.

“The Government’s neglect of live performance in this Budget follows the upheaval of earlier Budgets including the Catalyst fiasco.

“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.

“More than 18 million people attend a live performance in our capital cities, regional centres and country towns each year.

“Live performance promotes Australian talent and creativity across a range of genres, and is a major driver of our visitor economy, attracting visitors from interstate and overseas to see performances or attend festivals.

“It really is time for the Turnbull Government to reflect the economic and cultural contribution our industry makes to Australia with a broader vision and some long-term, strategic policy initiatives that support its future growth.”

9th May 2018 - FEDERAL BUDGET BACKS SPORT AND ACTIVITY, DISAPPOINTS ARTS AND TOURISM

20th February 2018 - LPA RELEASES NEW SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR THE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND EVENTS INDUSTRIES

1st December 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA PRESENT 2017 CENTENARY AWARDS

16th November 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA PASSES 100 YEAR OPERATIONAL LANDMARK 

15th November 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA CALLS ON AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT TO ACT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY 

5th October 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE INDUSTRY GENERATES $1.43 BILLION REVENUE AND 18.78 MILLION ATTENDANCES 

8th August 2017 - LPA RELEASES GUIDE TO HELP CONSUMERS AVOID TICKETING SCAMS

25th July 2017 - HELPMANN AWARDS RECOGNISE BOOK OF MORMON AS BEST MUSICAL, NICK CAVE AND PATTI SMITH AS TOP CONCERTS 

12th June 2017 - ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FIGURES ACKNOWLEDGED IN QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS

4th May 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ‘STOP THE BOTS’ 

26th March 2017 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA ISSUES ADVICE ON CHILDREN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY 

1st December 2016 - LIVE PERFORMANCE INDUSTRY REVENUES FALL BY 6.7% IN 2015 

16th June 2016 - LIVE PERFORMANCE AUSTRALIA AWAITS COALITION TO DELIVER A PLAN FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE INDUSTRY 


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