ARIA and PPCA welcome live music support from NSW Government

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• Within the package is a $5 million grant to music charitable organisation, Support Act

ARIA and PPCA have announced that they welcome the $85 million package announced on Tuesday by the NSW Government, providing desperately needed support for performing arts and live music.   

Within the package is a $5 million grant to music charitable organisation, Support Act, to assist those not eligible under other Government funds and ensure individual NSW artists are not further disadvantaged by the ongoing pandemic.


ARIA and PPCA chief executive officer, Annabelle Herd, said: “This package will make a huge difference to artists across the state. Moreover, it is an important step in recognising the economic and cultural value of a sector that has been long suffering as a result of the pandemic. It is my hope this will provide a major confidence boost to artists, performers, promoters and industry professionals, allowing us to begin the long road to rebuilding NSW’s live music scene.  

“While this is a critical step forward for NSW, I encourage all levels of Government to consider how further support may be provided to boost confidence in returning live music touring at a national level and help get musicians back to doing what they love for fans across the country.”

The news comes after ARIA was involved in welcoming the beginning of an industry-wide review.

Consultants Alexandra Shehadie and Sam Turner will undertake a national independent review of sexual harm, harassment and systemic discrimination across the Australian contemporary music industry.

Shehadie and Turner were selected by a panel comprised of the Temporary Working Group, ARIA and PPCA, APRA AMCOS, The Australia Council and Support Act. Their independent review will hear the stories, experiences, and submissions of music professionals from all parts of the contemporary music industry to inform a deep understanding of the issues at play and recommend solutions and areas for reform. The Report will be released in July 2022.

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