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Keep our music festivals alive!

The cancellation of Splendour in the Grass is another devastating blow to the festival and live music industry in Australia. Splendour has joined a long list and growing list of festivals that have been cancelled, delayed or disrupted over the past 2 years. 

The festivals industry in Australia is in crisis. There are thousands of jobs on the line from the artists themselves to the hospitality workers and crew that rely on these festivals to make a living.

Given this crisis, we need urgent intervention from the Albanese Government to keep our festivals alive. 

Splendour, like so many of our music festivals, have long been seen as a breeding ground for Australian talent, with acts like Powderfinger and Grinspoon in the early 2000s, and Teenage Dads and Royel Otis in more recent years, skyrocketing after playing Splendour In the Grass. 

The cancellation of this festival shows the worsening crisis that the Australian music industry is in. We need action, and we need it now.

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Anton Scholte
Olivia McDouall
Sabrina Judge
Phil Laverty
Hendrik Dierich
Andrew Gregson
Sally Chambers
Mark Francis
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Debra Chapman
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Dulcie Wardell
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David Graham
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Steve Boyce
James Hunt
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Josh Russell
Lorraine Maskell
John Stanley
Nick Moore
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Julie Hills

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Dear Minister Burke,

Australian festivals are in crisis. Artists and festival workers are struggling and audiences are missing out on this important part of our Australian music culture. We call on you to intervene and support the festivals and live music industry by:

  • Deliver an urgent round of live music grants through the Federal Budget in May
  • Work with festivals to put together a crisis package that supports them through the current cost-of-living and inflation crisis.
  • Underwrite insurance for cancellation due to extreme weather events such as bushfires, heatwaves and flooding.
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