Live arts insurance scheme urgently needed

As Omicron hinders long awaited performing arts rebounds, the need for a Federal live arts insurance scheme intensifies.
A female dancer on stage under smoky spotlight

As the performing arts once again faces tightening COVID pressures, there are renewed and urgent calls for a nationally consistent, Federally-backed insurance scheme for the sector.

Chief Executive of Live Performance Australia (LPA) Evelyn Richardson says the Omicron variant has dashed hopes of a live arts sector bounce back in 2022, and that while various State government schemes are providing much needed support for local productions, a national insurance framework is desperately needed.

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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).