#VAXTHENATION campaign muddied by Guy Sebastian

An alliance of artists and live entertainment industry bodies has launched a nation-wide campaign to encourage vaccination.
The #VAXTHENATION campaign is urging Australians to get the jab in order to speed the return of live performance. Image: Shutterstock.

More than 400 artists and entertainers including Archie Roach, Tim Minchin, Courtney Barnett, Amyl & The Sniffers, Hilltop Hoods, Nazeem Hussain, Marcia Hines, Midnight Oil and Judith Lucy, have thrown their support behind a national campaign to encourage Australians to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

The campaign is spearheaded by the newly established Live Industry Venues + Entertainment (LIVE) Alliance, which includes representatives from the Association of Artist Managers (AAM), Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), Frontier Touring/Mushroom Group, Live Performance Australia (LPA) and more.

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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