Increase in relief fund as concerts are canceled

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Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira

Hon. Carmel Sepuloni: Increase in relief fund as concerts are canceled

There is a word of hope for Maori working in arts and culture,

The government announced an additional $121 million to help the sector, including an additional $35.5 million for the Cultural Sector Emergency Fund and $70 million for the Arts and Culture Events Support Program.

The program will be extended for an additional 12 months.

Arts and Culture Minister Carmel Sepuloni said there was no silver bullet as events continue to be hit by pandemic restrictions.

“The funding that we have in place, the full range of funding, has supported artists during this time, but it’s not over. We have to continually look at what the situation is ahead of us and where we can pivot and where we can inject funds as needed,” she says.

The Screen Production Recovery Fund is also receiving an additional $15 million, split between the Film Commission and NZ On Air.

But Maori music legend Ria Hall says there’s not much in the package for struggling artists.

She says artists can only apply for the fund if they are on the verge of financial ruin, with most pūtea going to event organizers, not staff and crew.

She wants a simpler process for artists, like reactivating the wage subsidy and resurgence payments for musicians.


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