What is the Live Performance Support Program – Presenters?
The Live Performance Support Program Presenters Round Two provides grants to eligible businesses affected by the cancellation or postponement of events as a result of lockdowns and public health restrictions between 11:59pm on 27 May 2021 and 11:59pm on 2 September 2021.
The Live Performance Support Program Presenters Round Two is for live performance event presenters. A presenter is a person or organisation with the right to hold, cancel or re-schedule an event, collect the proceeds from ticket sales or re-locate a given live performance event. For any given event, this may be the producer, promoter, venue owner or artist promoting their own show.
In response to industry feedback, the eligibility and requirements for Round Two of the Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) differ from the first round of the program, which closed on 16 July 2021.
The following changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for Round Two of the Live Performance Support Program (Presenters):
- ANZSIC codes are no longer required.
- The event must be for an audience of at least 75 people or, in the case of a performance that is repeated across multiple days or a season at the same location, a minimum audience of 200.
- Dates have been extended in line with the extended restrictions period.
- Applicants can apply for two events instead of one.
- Applicants can receive a maximum of $12,000 across the two rounds of the program.
Applicants can apply for either $7000 or $5000 for one event, depending on losses or unrecoverable costs, and a further $5000 for a second event. There is a cap of $12,000 per applicant across the two rounds of the program.
If you have received funding through the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021, the amount you can receive through the Live Performance Support Program will be reduced.
Grant funds must be used to assist the business, for example on:
- Meeting business costs, including utilities, wages or rent;
- Seeking financial, legal or other advice to support business continuity planning;
- Developing the business through marketing and communications activities; or
- Any other supporting activities related to the operation of the business.
To be eligible for the Program, a business must:
- be in Victoria
- hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in Victoria and have held that ABN from 27 May 2021
- meet the definition in the guidelines of a ‘Presenter’ of a ‘Live Performance Event’
- have scheduled an event to take place between 11:59pm on 27 May 2021 and 11:59pm on 2 September 2021 that was unable to proceed due to lockdown or COVID-19 health restrictions that commenced at 11:59pm on 27 May 2021
- have incurred losses or unrecoverable costs equal to or greater than the amount applied for (either $7000 or $5000 for one event and an additional $5000 for a second event, if applicable)
- be registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 27 May 2021
- be trading solvently at the time of application
- be registered with the responsible Federal or State regulator
- gain consent from the key Contracted Suppliers for the affected event to give the following business details in the application: business name and ABN.
And if it is an employing business, it must also:
- be registered with WorkSafe Victoria
- have an annual Victorian payroll of up to $10 million in 2020-21 on an ungrouped basis
- attest that the business is supporting its workers to access any paid leave entitlements, or to work from home during the COVID-19 lockdown or health restrictions, and supporting their casual workers, where possible.
Applications close 8 September 2021.