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COVID-19 Response Update | A Message from WAM | 29 June 2020

29 Jun

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COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE
A MESSAGE FROM WAM CEO, MIKE HARRIS

29 June 2020

WA is starting to re-open and this is exciting and heartening for all of us. In saying that please do remain as safe in your practices as possible as we have seen what has happened in Victoria and we do not want that to happen over here, obviously.

I hope most of you have seen the federal government’s arts relief package (see article) and WAM shares the concerns that many of you have with the suitability and effectiveness of this. Our approach is to be conciliatory with the federal government and offer constructive ways to feed into the further design of the package; to that effect I have written to Paul Fletcher the Minister of the Arts seeking his assurance that the package will in some way represent the needs and unique circumstances of Western Australians and have offered some suggestions as to how best to achieve this.

Importantly an extension of JobKeeper for arts and entertainment organisations and businesses is not off the table, and I have urged the Minister to extend this beyond re-opening of business.

WAM continues to talk with the state government about ways it can support our industry and also celebrate the re-opening of business here in WA. This includes introducing ongoing operational support for music businesses as well as some support via liquor licensing for live music venues.

The WAM website continues to offer a number of resources and information and I urge everyone to make use of that. And please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries…, noting that at the time of writing our phone system is still down but use hello@wam.org.au in the meantime if you have no other way to make contact.

Membership remains free and will do until early 2021 to ensure access to free membership benefits everyone.

In the meantime we look forward to July 18 when phase 5 kicks in and restrictions are set to be removed. We all need to get out and support artists, venues, production companies, promotors; everyone associated with music needs all the support they can get.

But as always please stay safe.

Mike

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.