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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2690 ..


iv. demonstrated capacity to positively impact the careers of ACT-based musicians and performance artists.

(5) The assessment panel recommended 23 applications for funding, with 19 of those 23 applications able to be funded within the initial allocated budget. The Minister for Business and Better Regulation had no role in determining which applications were recommended for funding. The Minister for Business and Better Regulation sought on advice on how all 23 applications assessed by the panel to be recommended for funding could be funded.

The Minister agreed to a method proposed by the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate to fund all 23 applications assessed by the panel to be recommended for funding.

(6) Yes, the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate prepared a brief with recommendations from the assessment panel for agreement by the Minister for Business and Better Regulation.

(7) The Minister for Business and Better Regulation agreed to the recommendation to fund all 23 applications assessed by the panel to be recommended for funding. The Minister did not make any changes to the list of 23 applications recommended by the panel for funding.

(8) N/A.

(9) The program was open for two weeks from 3 to 17 May 2021, allowing sufficient time to complete a relatively simple application form. MusicACT was contracted to assist with the administration of the program, and this contract included MusicACT’s provision of an Amp it Up! Industry briefing and one-on-one assistance for applicants on request during the application period.

A two-week application period also ensured the program could be delivered in a timely manner to meet the program goal of COVID-19 recovery support for small to medium sized live music venues, responding to an urgent need as identified and advised by the sector.

(10) The Program cost a total of $840,000 which was made up of $790,000 in funding to successful applicants, $40,000 for MusicACT to assist in administering the program, and $10,000 for MusicACT to deliver a forum later in 2021 on the night-time economy. The forum on the night-time economy will explore its economic and social benefits, and any barriers to realising these benefits.

(11) There have been no other funding programs or schemes specific to the music industry.

A range of licence and fee waivers have been offered to the hospitality industry to assist it through the COVID-19 pandemic, including the following:

The food business registration fee waiver has been extended until 31 March 2022. If food business registration has been prepaid for more than one year in advance, an additional 12 months will be added to the licence.

The outdoor dining permit fee waiver has been extended for another 12 months, until 30 June 2022.


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