Opera Australia is thrown a $4million lifeline amid Covid-19 lockdowns

Opera Australia is thrown a $4million lifeline amid Covid-19 lockdowns
Opera Australia is thrown a $4million lifeline amid Covid-19 lockdowns
Opera Australia is thrown a $4million lifeline as Covid-19 lockdowns cripple the arts industry

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As the fallout from Covid-19 lockdowns continue to wreak havoc on the performing arts sector, Opera Australia has been thrown a $4million lifeline by the federal government.

Drawn from the $35million Covid-19 Arts Sustainability Fund, first announced in June 2020, the grant recognises Opera Australia as the nation's largest performing arts company and largest arts employer.

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Federal Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said the organisation had more than 400 arts workers on its books, from costume makers to set designers.

As the fallout from Covid-19 lockdowns continue to wreak havoc on the performing arts sector, Opera Australia has been thrown a $4million lifeline by the federal government

As the fallout from Covid-19 lockdowns continue to wreak havoc on the performing arts sector, Opera Australia has been thrown a $4million lifeline by the federal government

'In a normal year it presents a large number of high quality productions in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities, trains many people who go on to work elsewhere in the arts in Australia and globally, and it has specialised resources and capabilities that, if lost, would be a blow not just to this company but to Australia's entire arts ecosystem,' he said on Monday.

Welcoming the news, Opera Australia's CEO Rory Jeffes said the performing arts sector was in dangerous waters.

'The latest cancellations

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