The Australian Festival Association (AFA) today welcomes the announcement and details of the NSW Government’s Event Saver Fund, designed to provide financial support to organisers of Major Events disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions.
AFA Managing Director Julia Robinson said the industry has been calling for support for festivals that were cancelled or postponed due to Public Health Orders, to help businesses recoup losses and firm up confidence.
“Today’s announcement of an Event Saver Fund for Major Events has come just in time for organisers impacted by recent restrictions due to the current Omicron wave in NSW. It will go a long way to providing improved confidence for major festivals and events scheduled for 2022 and help relieve the financial burdens associated with cancellations.
“Since the pandemic struck in March 2020, we’ve seen countless festivals cancel or postpone, leaving promoters and suppliers out of pocket. This fund will ensure organisers can recover some of their costs in the event their show cannot proceed due to a Public Health Order in 2022.” said Julia Robinson, Managing Director of the AFA.
“Everyone from the crew to promoters and event staff want to get back to producing shows, and we know audiences want to see live music at festivals again. This fund demonstrates a shared aim with the NSW Government to see festivals and live music return to NSW as quickly and safely as possible.” Ms Robinson said.
The announcement comes just after the AFA, alongside other industry colleagues, repeated calls for a national insurance scheme to provide certainty for the live music and entertainment sector.
“The inability to insure against COVID related cancelations and restrictions has been a huge barrier to festivals getting back to business across the country. We continue to call on the Commonwealth Government to step in and co-contribute to current state-based insurance and cancellation schemes to enable this nationally touring industry to get back to delivering shows to fans across Australia.
“We welcome today’s announcement and look forward to working with the NSW Government to achieve the shared aim of seeing live music back at festivals.” Ms Robinson said.