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AFA welcomes NSW Government Event Saver Fund for Major Events - calls continue for a national solution to insurance for live music and entertainment

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.  

For all AFA enquiries, please contact:
Julia Robinson 

Australian Festival Association 
Julia.robinson@australianfestivalassociation.com 

For all press enquiries, please contact:  
Claire Collins 
Bossy Music 
claire@bossymusic.com

ABOUT AFA 

The Australian Festival Association (AFA) was formed to represent the shared interests and importance of the  Australian festival industry through member representation. The AFA is committed to delivering safe and well run festivals around Australia and providing a framework for industry operating standards. Our members are  committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of festivals as thriving businesses, significant municipal events and  sites of global cultural exchange in the interest of all Australians.

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