Live Performance Support Scheme announced

Support is welcome says entertainment industry body but 'the devil will be in the details.'

The Federal Government announced late yesterday (27 September) a national COVID-19 Live Performance Support Fund to help cover losses faced by plays, concerts and festivals affected by mandated isolation requirements for creatives and crew who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Making good on a pledge made by Labor from the Opposition benches, the Live Performance Support Fund will allow eligible event organisers to access coverage up to a defined percentage of their anticipated revenue. 

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Acting Performing Arts Editor Jason Blake is a career arts writer, critic and editor. He studied theatre directing at the VCA and NIDA, served as arts editor for the Sydney City Hub, edited subscription TV guides and reviewed theatre for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2009-2017. He was co-founder of and recently publications manager for the Sydney Film Festival. He shares his home office with a possum.