Live Music Industry Gears Up For A Sad, Calm Summer | Culture


A coalition of leading Australian music organizations has called on the Morrison government to adopt an insurance scheme for live performances similar to the government-backed £ 750million scheme announced by the UK this week.

As more than 16 million Australians enter the weekend lockdown, national music and entertainment industry bodies including Aria, Live Performance Australia and the Live Entertainment Industry Forum have issued a joint statement calling for a reinsurance program to protect the industry from crippling disruptions and cancellations that show no signs of ceasing in the months to come.

The UK joined Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Estonia on Thursday in reaching a deal with Lloyds to provide a financial buffer to the live music industries and entertainment against possible future blockages.

In Australia, however, so far only the film industry has received government reinsurance, through the federal government’s $ 50 million Temporary Interruption Fund announced in June 2020. And that only covers cases where productions are affected by Covid-19 infection, not state-ordered blockages.

LPA chief executive Evelyn Richardson said Australia’s live performance industry is not asking for government help – it just needs government backed security to allow promoters to take out insurance against future disruptions.

“The UK example shows that there is a solution that can be developed in collaboration with industry on commercial terms,” she said.

“A government-sponsored plan just allows insurers to put policies on the market. “

Aria and PPCA CEO Annabelle Herd said a government-backed insurance scheme would bring the necessary confidence to Australia’s live music industry, after suffering a relentless wave of cancellations and deferrals for more than a year.

“Without such a program it will be a very calm and sad summer,” she said.

So far, the federal government has provided $ 390 million in emergency Covid-19 funding to the arts and culture sectors, not to mention the $ 50 million it has set aside to cover all costs. film and television companies associated with Covid-19.

Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said on Friday that the issue of reinsurance for the creative sector was a state responsibility.

“It is the decisions of state government health authorities that trigger the business losses suffered by producers of arts and entertainment events,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to the Guardian.

“Therefore, state governments are best placed to cover themselves against this type of risk. “

The Australian Music Industry Network (Amin) and AFA released their latest report on Thursday I lost my concert, finding that since July 1 of this year, more than 28,000 live events have been canceled, resulting in a loss of over $ 84 million.

The industry has also launched a campaign called Our Soundtrack Our Stories, calling on the business community to support more local music in order to increase the high royalties from streaming and sales.

Jack River performs Fools Gold for Music From The Home Front, a televised concert to honor Anzac Day and thank the frontline workers of the 2020 Covid crisis. Photography: Nine Network / PR IMAGE

Singer-songwriter Jack River got the ball rolling last week, calling out Channel Seven for their lack of Australian artists in the music accompanying their coverage of the Olympics.

“And while we’re here, would it be nice to hear some Aussie music in Coles, Woolies, Aldi, in banks, on hold, in stores and in advertisements showing to Australians over the next few months?” She added.

Channel Seven Sunrise Olympics host Edwina Bartholomew responded by pledging on social media to have the network “boost” its Australian music content for the rest of the Tokyo games.

Coles followed suit, promising on Tuesday to increase the ratio of local music on its in-house radio station in its 800 stores nationwide.

In a statement to the Guardian, Woolworths said: “We know how important it is to support the Australian music industry. We are constantly reviewing our playlists with our in-store radio provider and always strive to be responsive to comments as we do.

Aldi does not play music in its Australian stores.


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