$75M in lockdown relief for NSW performing arts orgs

The NSW Government has announced a quick turn-around support package for performing arts organisations and music venues, impacted by the recent lockdowns.
Live performance at Sydney Opera House. Photo ArtsHub.

Not-for-profit and commercial performing arts organisations, as well as live music venues, can now apply for funding to keep the lights on and staff and performers employed, thanks to a new $75 million relief and stimulus package announced today (14 July) by the NSW Government.

NSW Minister for the Arts, Don Harwin told ArtsHub: β€˜It was important to see what the trajectory that this new Delta strand of the virus would be, and it is now clear how serious its impact is. It quickly became clear that a package for performing arts organisations and live music venues needed to accompany the larger package for the State as a whole.’

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina