This morning, the Federal Government announced $135m in extra support for music: $125m in additional RISE funding and $10m to Support Act.
Music Victoria is so grateful to our national colleagues for their role in making this happen. It provides some much-needed hope in what are extremely desperate and challenging times for the industry.
We now call on the Victorian State Government to also recognise the devastating impacts. Our Live Music scene in particular is still essentially locked down. The most recent Victorian announcement of 75% capacity for indoor non-seated venues, is not enough - it is still limited by the density quotient of 1 person per 2 square metres. This means venues are actually trading at just 25-30% of usual operations. We urgently need there to be consistencies across borders, industries and social settings.