Launch of the details of the support program for artistic and cultural events

Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and team will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the arts and culture events support program, the Minister of Arts and Culture announced today. Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni.

“The government recognizes that the arts and culture sector has been hit hard by COVID-19 and the Delta epidemic. The pandemic continues to pose challenges for the sector, especially live events and shows in the summer, ”said Carmel Sepuloni.

“This arts and culture support program aims to provide certainty to event planners, the confidence of vaccinated New Zealanders to attend and enjoy events, and to reassure artists and crew that they can. get paid if their events cannot go as planned.

“I know the artists, team and organizers are all eager to get back to doing what they love – hosting big events of all sizes and sizes for New Zealanders. Knowing that this program is there for them. supporting will be of great help over the next few months. “

The support program for artistic and cultural events covers events with a capacity of 100 to 5,000 participants with or without tickets, or more than 5,000 without tickets (ie free). The program covers sunk costs, payments to be made to artists and the production team, as well as the promoter’s or organizer’s reasonable costs for planning and developing the event.

“We have partnered closely with our arts and culture sector to develop the program, and we will continue to work closely with the sector to ensure that organizers know when, where and how to access the support they need.

“Events will need to use the government’s My Vaccine Pass to be eligible for the program. This is especially important so that other New Zealanders who have been vaccinated can be confident that the events they attend will be as safe as possible.

“Arts and culture are critically important to our economy. Our $ 374 million COVID stimulus plan for the sector, including the $ 37.5 million emergency relief plan announced in September, underscores the social, economic and cultural value of the sector.

“I encourage New Zealanders to go out, enjoy the Kiwi summer and the freedoms it will bring, book tickets, plan their participation in events and support local artists, musicians and shows.

“We all deserve to enjoy the summer in Aotearoa with certainty and confidence. This is what this program aims and aims to guarantee,” said Carmel Sepuloni.

The registration process begins at noon on Wednesday December 1st. Event organizers should register their event with the Children’s as soon as possible, so that they can confirm their event’s eligibility prior to the event date. To register for the program, please visit this page on the Manatū Taonga website.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)

James C. Tibbs