Government’s Support Delivers Path To Recovery For Arts And Culture Sector – New Zealand Government

295 events covering at least 607 performances that have had to cancel or suffered losses due to COVID-19 have had their costs reimbursed, with total support paid out to events now exceeding $20 million

  • 186 future events in 2022 and 2023 have also received cover
  • 64 organisations have been saved from imminent closure
  • 1253 self-employed workers in the arts and culture sector have received specific support

The Government has today released data for three key Government support funds which were designed to support organisations, jobs and peoples livelihoods in the arts and culture sector.

“As a result of the Government’s strong investment in the arts and culture sector in response to the pandemic, the sector can now begin to look forward with confidence, as we overcome the Omicron peak,” Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni said.

“Results shows a sector that is on the path to a promising recovery. Our Government’s efforts to support organisations and people who work in the cultural sector survive the impacts of COVID-19 is beginning to pay dividends,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

“The Omicron wave was particularly challenging for the arts and culture sector, that’s why we moved quickly to shore up support through the $121 million Omicron package to help the sector survive these tough times.

“This support has protected jobs, kept many organisations from closing and cushioned the blow for the arts and culture sector – and now audiences can look forward to enjoying Aotearoa New Zealand’s amazing talents once again.

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