Minister for Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher has touted the federal government’s $135 million boost to the arts and entertainment sector as it comes out of the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking this morning to the media, Mr Fletcher and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg detailed the package – $125 million of which will boost the government’s RISE grants scheme with the additional $10 million to go to Support Act.
Support Act is a charity which provides crisis support for artists and other workers in the sector.
“I would make the point that this is about jobs, we’re getting performers and creatives back on stage, we’re getting the backstage crews back to work, and front of house as well,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The arts and entertainment sector is a major employment generator and of course it also generates jobs in adjacent industries.
“So, the Morrison government is strongly backing the arts and entertainment sector.”
The treasurer also spruiked the announcement, saying “this is welcome news for a sector that’s been hit hard and with the easing of restrictions will get back to a COVID normal.”
Mr Frydenberg thanked Mr Fletcher for his leadership “in driving the COVID response to the creative economy.”