Soundcheck report puts spotlight on lack of government support for festivals

Australian Greens

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on the Arts and Chair of the Senate Inquiry into the National Cultural Policy said:

“The Albanese Government’s own Soundcheck report released today has highlighted that there is a lack of funding, grants and support available for the festivals sector from government.

“Festivals are an important part of the arts and live music ecosystem. Festivals support jobs not only for artists but also in hospitality, tourism and trades as well.

“It is not a surprise to hear festival organisers say that extreme weather and insurance are among their biggest challenges.

“We have known for some time that extreme weather events and climate change are making it harder and more unpredictable to put on large scale events. The first thing the Albanese Government could do to support the sector is assist in underwriting insurance for festivals.

“I have recently written to the Minister for the Arts to ask that the Government commit to a funding and support package for festivals in the May Budget. This is not just about the big name, corporate backed festivals, but more importantly, it’s about supporting local and independent festivals.”

The Senate Inquiry into the National Cultural Policy will investigate the issues surrounding festivals at a hearing on Tuesday 16th April.

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