Circus artists latest to be caught up in changing insurance market

Rising insurance costs are hitting some parts of the sector hard. Among the worst affected are independent circus artists, whose dwindling insurance options are forcing them to make impossible choices.
A female acrobat hanging from silk ropes at height in front of stage curtains.

High on the worry-list of many in the arts right now is the changing nature of the insurance market, which is bringing new cost burdens for some, and a series of tough decisions for others.

Most recently, the sharpest pain has been felt in the live music space, where a host of independent live music venues are reporting their majorly increased insurance costs are pushing them to the brink of closure.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).