Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 19 April 2021 Securing Tasmania’s Iconic Events The Tasmanian Liberal Government has been the strongest supporter of the state’s events sector. We have built momentum in our visitor economy – supporting, attracting, retaining and growing events to drive growth in tourism in every region of the state. I am pleased […]
Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 19 April 2021
Securing Tasmania’s Iconic Events
The Tasmanian Liberal Government has been the strongest supporter of the state’s events sector.
We have built momentum in our visitor economy – supporting, attracting, retaining and growing events to drive growth in tourism in every region of the state.
I am pleased to announce, that if re-elected we will provide $21.5 million to secure Tasmania’s iconic events.
This Fund will enable new multi-year agreements for:
- The Australian Wooden Boat Festival;
- Dark Mofo;
- Mona FOMA;
- Targa Tasmania; and
- The Junction Arts Festival
These vital events attracted nearly 40,000 visitors to Tasmania in 2019-20, and pre-COVID the return on investment for these events was $170 million.
We understand that these vibrant events will play a key role in driving our economic recovery from COVID and support jobs growth.
Through Events Tasmania, our Government will commence negotiations with the organisers of these events within 30 days of being sworn into Government.
We have already committed to attracting new events to Tasmania through our $8 million Events Support and Attraction Fund to draw tens of thousands more visitors to the state.
As well as supporting major iconic and large events, we will also support community based events with a $1.5 million Regional Events Recovery Fund, assisting organisers to undertake activities that contribute to the sustainability of these rich events in regional areas.
Only a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government has the clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future and its iconic events.
Our Events Policy can be viewed here.
Jen Butler MP, Shadow Minister for Arts and Creative Industries & Michelle O’Byrne MP, Labor member for Bass, 20 April 2021
Labor will put money into the pockets of Tasmanian creatives
A majority Labor Government will invest $2.5 million over four years in a Creative Kids Voucher Scheme.
Shadow Minister for Arts and Creative Industries Jen Butler said the scheme will put money into the pockets of Tasmanian artists.
“Through the Creative Kids Voucher Scheme parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school,” Ms Butler said.
“The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.
“This will help alleviate household stress on families and build the capacity of small companies and sole traders in the Creative Industries.”
Labor member for Bass Michelle O’Byrne said the voucher commitment was part of Labor’s arts package.
“This $2.5 million scheme is a significant part of our arts package,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“Along with our $2.5 million funding commitment to improve accessibility and safety at the Princess Theatre and Earls Arts, the voucher scheme will help the industry to rebuild as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Labor is committed to helping Tasmania’s arts industry recover from COVID-19. We will invest $200,000 in a small grants program specifically designed to support gig economy artists back to work, including sole traders, freelancers and self-employed artists.
“We will provide an additional $3 million to Screen Tasmania’s Screen Innovation Fund to showcase Tasmania as a destination for film and production and invest an extra $1 million for the Live Performance Reactivation Program to deliver new large-scale professional live performance productions and help artists and theatre venues to get back up and running.
“And we will provide $500,000 in extra support to arts organisations to help their ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A majority Labor Government will support Tasmania’s vital arts industry to bounce back from COVID-19.
“Labor is working for Tasmanians to build a strong, vibrant arts sector.”
Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/arts-events-policies/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=arts-events-policies