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Labor will put money into the pockets of Tasmanian creatives

  • $2.5 million voucher scheme over four years
  • $2.5 million upgrade to Princess Theatre and Earl Arts
  • Labor is working for Tasmanians to build a strong, vibrant arts sector

A majority Labor Government will invest $2.5 million over four years in a Creative Kids Voucher Scheme.

Shadow Minister for Arts and Creative Industries Jen Butler said the scheme will put money into the pockets of Tasmanian artists.

“Through the Creative Kids Voucher Scheme parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school,” Ms Butler said.

“The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.

“This will help alleviate household stress on families and build the capacity of small companies and sole traders in the Creative Industries.”

Labor member for Bass Michelle O’Byrne said the voucher commitment was part of Labor’s arts package.

“This $2.5 million scheme is a significant part of our arts package,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“Along with our $2.5 million funding commitment to improve accessibility and safety at the Princess Theatre and Earls Arts, the voucher scheme will help the industry to rebuild as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Labor is committed to helping Tasmania’s arts industry recover from COVID-19. We will invest $200,000 in a small grants program specifically designed to support gig economy artists back to work, including sole traders, freelancers and self-employed artists.

“We will provide an additional $3 million to Screen Tasmania’s Screen Innovation Fund to showcase Tasmania as a destination for film and production and invest an extra $1 million for the Live Performance Reactivation Program to deliver new large-scale professional live performance productions and help artists and theatre venues to get back up and running.

“And we will provide $500,000 in extra support to arts organisations to help their ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A majority Labor Government will support Tasmania’s vital arts industry to bounce back from COVID-19.

“Labor is working for Tasmanians to build a strong, vibrant arts sector.”

Jen Butler MP
 Shadow Minister for Arts and Creative Industries

Michelle O’Byrne MP
Labor member for Bass