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The arts and events sector demands an immediate lifeline from the government.

As disabled arts organizations and venues are facing significant losses, the government has been given a stern warning by its industry leaders: give us a lifeline, or we could be shut down forever.

Amid growing concern for the arts and events sector on Thursday, one has been devastated. Hats for 50 people for indoor events. At level 2 Influencing the performing arts, on a large scale Including World of Wearable Art., And cultural institutions, including galleries and. Museum – Many arts organizations have independently written to officials asking for better help.

In an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and various ministers, Sally Ann Coates, New Zealand’s general manager of recreational areas, said: Is.

The effects of the August lockdown have been immediate and devastating. The new Alert Level 2 restrictions mean that current events in New Zealand are currently impossible.

World of Viral Art was canceled on Thursday for the second year in a row.

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World of Viral Art was canceled on Thursday for the second year in a row.

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“While some businesses may trade at Level 2, the 50-person limit in indoor events and the 100-person outdoor event means it is no longer economically feasible to run our venues.”

Hundreds of events were canceled, meaning work, revenue and “the entire industry is unable to work” until the alert level goes down.

The department was demanding pay subsidies to be available in places that cannot trade at level 2. Currently, subsidy business is available at levels 3 and 4.

Places are frustrated they can't host more than 50 people at a time despite their size.

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Places are frustrated they can’t host more than 50 people at a time despite their size.

“As an industry, we have shown that the health and safety of our staff and our audience is at the heart of how we operate. Can’t plan with certainty.

It comes as Discuss epidemic insurance for live events., And Capacity Percentage Cap for Large Locations., Keep stopping

Coates said the sector is calling for a new recovery fund to provide direct funding to “largely neglected” locations, even though targeted by promoters, artists and event organizers. $ 50 million Regional Events Fund. And Arts and Culture Recovery Program..

“We are urgently demanding that funds be allocated to locations that provide the necessary infrastructure, services and support that enable the live events sector to grow.”

At one point Aotearoa seemed to be the only country hosting the world's largest live event, but the shape of the delta has changed that.

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At one point Aotearoa seemed to be the only country hosting the world’s largest live event, but the shape of the delta has changed that.

Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi is Auckland’s Arts Regional Trust and its chief executive, Allison Taylor, said Thursday that Delta Variant has rapidly changed the landscape for the sector, which already has “weaknesses”. And is present in the permanent state of the pieces.

“Since this short-term assistance was needed in April 2020, it is needed again,” Taylor said. “Flexible funding is essential if the government wants to keep the sector alive,” he said.

Helen Horsnell, president of the Musical Theater New Zealand, said the arts were on its knees. Creative New Zealand’s funding process needs an urgent review, so it can cater to “all the arts, not just odd projects.”

“The lower-level musical theater community is now facing growing debt because the new restrictions mean no production can go ahead, while the bills on productions that were about to open kept rising,” said Harsnell.

Pictured, the Auckland concert of Six 60 earlier this year attracted tens of thousands of people.

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Pictured, the Auckland concert of Six 60 earlier this year attracted tens of thousands of people.

“Marketing, licensing and a lot of production costs are paid in advance and now the audience is not paid to cover those costs … Community theater groups are facing collective debts in the millions.

“In non-coveted times, these groups are largely self-sufficient but now they need a lifeline.”

Harsnell said the sector could “cease to exist” if the government and Creative New Zealand did not provide further assistance.

Recently, Creative New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen Van Wright said that the Arts Funding Authority. “Stretched out” on its reserves last year. Help the sector with Covid 19. “You can only spend your reserves once,” he wrote.

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