Will the money get to where it's needed?
With live music in WA wiped out across the board in the lead up to New Year’s due to the state’s latest COVID outbreak, a lot of artists, venues, festivals and others within live entertainment are feeling the effects
With NYE events of all sizes axed when new restrictions came into place, there was outrage when it was revealed that the Perth Cup would be allowed to proceed on New Year’s Day, leaving many urging the McGowan Government for support.
McGowan has now confirmed an “enhanced” multi-million-dollar support package for businesses and operators affected by the latest restrictions, with applications expected to open in early January.
However, many have pointed out that previous support packages of a similar kind have had a GST registration requirement, meaning many sole trading artists and other entertainment industry workers have been unable to apply, and if there is a similar caveat this time around a lot of small business affected might not be eligible for the latest funding.
The McGowan Government is yet to address these concerns, so at this stage, it looks like many in dire need of that kind of support will have to wait until applications open next month.
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The Music has reached out the Premier’s office for clarity around the new support package.