Recovery package to support culture and arts in WA

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A $76 million recovery package has been announced to support culture and arts in WA.
Culture and arts

A $76 million recovery package has been announced to support culture and arts in WA.

The Perth Concert Hall will receive a $30 million upgrade and investment over the next 3 years, which is expected to create 230 jobs.

$15 million will fund further upgrades and restoration work at His Majesty’s Theatre, including reinstating original balconies and verandahs, and is expected to create 110 jobs.

A $15 million ‘Getting the Show back on the Road’ shared risk package will reactivate live performances and touring activities, and create increased opportunities for employment and venue activation. The package includes:

  • a $5.65 million venue hire waiver for local performing arts companies for free access to State Government venues, including those managed by the Perth Theatre Trust, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, and VenuesWest
  • a $350,000 contribution to events delivered by the Western Australian Music Industry Association
  • up to $9 million to underwrite COVID-19 related financial risks for live music and performance.

A $5 million Lotterywest investment will provide for the Creative Communities Recovery – Artists in Residency Program. This program will provide valuable employment opportunities for individual artists to work with local communities in activating spaces and delivering broad community benefits.

$2 million will allow for planning to commence for an Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and a further $2 million will be invested for the design and delivery of online portals for Aboriginal art sales and presentation of performing arts activity.

The WA government will also match the Commonwealth Government’s $6 million investment with a further $6 million for upgrades to the Jewish Community Centre in Yokine. This is expected to create 90 jobs.

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Page reviewed 10 November 2020