The peak body for Australia’s live performance sector is calling for an $850 million stimulus package to save jobs in the arts sector, following an industry-wide phone hook-up with the Arts Minister.

On Tuesday music festival Splendour in the Grass joined huge money-spinners such as the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Bluesfest and the Melbourne Comedy Festival in delaying or cancelling planned events.

The Minister, Paul Fletcher, heard from 20 industry representatives on Tuesday, including the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), performing arts companies and representatives from peak body Live Performance Australia.

Speaking after the meeting, he said coronavirus presented “significant issues” for arts organisations and he was there to listen.

Live Performance Australia executive director Evelyn Richardson said the coronavirus shutdown would cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars.

Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-17/coronavirus-covid19-live-music-arts-funding-stimulus-package/12064320

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