Events insurance scheme announced in VIC

The much-needed insurance scheme will support festivals, conferences, sports and community events; a $20M live music fund was also announced.

The Victorian Government has announced the introduction of an event interruption insurance scheme for creative festivals, business conferences and sporting and community events, to be delivered by the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA).

The 12-month, Government-subsidised scheme will insure up to $230 million of events against cancellation due to public health measures, or where events have reduced capacity due to restrictions.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts