The Turnbull Government has been called on to provide more incentives to support innovation and more original Australian live performance works.
Live Performance Australia (LPA) has made a number of recommendations in its 2018-19 Budget submission to drive innovation and job creation in Australia’s $2.5 billion live performance industry.
LPA’s budget proposals include:
LPA is also currently considering ways that the Federal Government can further support independent and small-medium companies, by establishing initiatives to improve capacity building and market development in this sector.
LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said ‘After years of funding cuts and a lack of strategic direction, the Turnbull Government now has an opportunity to support innovation, creativity and growth across our live performance industry through these sensible and targeted budget measures.’
‘Australia’s live performance industry supports over 34,000 jobs in metropolitan and regional areas and makes a significant economic contribution as well as contributing to our social and cultural well-being and diversity.
‘Our industry attracts more than 18 million people a year to shows in capital cities, regional centres and country towns, as well as promoting Australian talent and creativity to international audiences,’ Ms Richardson said.
LPA’s budget proposals are affordable and in the case of the proposal for tax incentives on pre-production costs could provide a net positive return through increased economic activity.
‘With the right support and policy settings, these budget initiatives will support the growth and sustainability of live performance in Australia, stimulating investment in new and original productions, and improve access to Australian live performance talent in regional areas and international markets,’ Ms Richardson said.
LPA offers practical information to help production companies, tours, venues and events become more energy efficient.
LPA provides Members with support in regards to the preparation of applications for the Subclass 408 Temporary Activity Visa to import overseas artists and associated personnel into Australia.