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Covid 19 and it was March the 16th. The MSO was playing Scheherazade to an empty Hamer Hall while the box office team was busy refunding tickets. The hall was eerily quiet after the final notes - where was the eager first clap to start the applause? Someone had to know the music was finished.


Around this time of year many people are thinking about putting a little more money into superannuation to get an additional tax deduction for the tax year.


There is a requirement to continue to report monthly turnover for the purposes of maintaining the eligibility to receive the JobKeeper payments.


It is with some sense of satisfaction that the Government is appearing to be moving in the right direction with the announcement that the Prime Minister, himself will be taking charge of providing support to the Arts and Entertainment industry.


Over the past few days, there have been some more ATO releases around  issues of timing, eligibility and other practical problems revolving around  the JobKeeper program.


Now that you have enrolled in the JobKeeper program by completing the requirements of Step 1- Enrol, there is another hurdle to jump that actually facilitates the release of funds to you.


Over the past few days, there have been  some clarification on issues of timing, eligibility and other practical problems revolving around the Cash Boost for Employers and the JobKeeper program.


The ATO has further clarified the process of how you (employer) can enrol and apply for the JobKeeper payments.


Finally, as the horrific summer 2019/20 season of bushfires comes to an end, with the benefit of hindsight we are able to observe the aftermath of the disaster that has befallen our nation.


After doing some reading over the holiday period, I discovered a report “Giving Attitude” by Creative Partnerships Australia - formerly Australian Business Arts Foundation (ABAF) - the government agency that is involved in arts philanthropy.


All forms of the arts have been dealt a savage blow with the advent of the Coronavirus.


Ping. Another email, another announcement; the cancellation of an exhibition, the closure of a gallery, a musical, a festival, the next six productions of a major state theatre company, the postponement of an international biennale, the cancellation of a major tour. We are in lockdown.


Over the years I have been involved in the financial management of many arts and non-arts organisations.


In 2020 we congratulate musician Deborah Conway AM, one of eight artists to receive an Australia Council Award. These prestigious national awards recognise Australian artists who have made an outstanding contribution to their art forms, and to the cultural life of the nation. 


Following up on our lead articles about the impact of the coronavirus on the arts in Australia and the links we have provided to various resources, there is also some helpful cross-industry information from the Australian Cultural Fund at ‘Artist support | We're here to help’.


The Government has sought to take action against employers who have failed in their obligations to pay their employees superannuation.


Recent exhibitions and launches from January 2020


In this series of legal-themed articles, art lawyer and founder of Guest Work Agency, Alana Kushnir, shares useful tips on contracts which regularly arise in the art industry.


Are The Banks Our Friends Again? The answer is, probably not, but it appears  they have become a lot easier to deal with and seem a little more open to discussions about the rate of interest on your loan as well as deferring repayments.


The ATO has announced a temporary simplified short cut method to make it easier for individual taxpayers to claim deductions for additional running expenses incurred (e.g., additional heating, cooling and lighting costs), as a result of working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Australia Council have created a program to assist struggling artists outside of all of the other forms of funding available.


This article seeks to  provide a handy guide to financial assistance which is being made available by the Federal, State, and some municipal governments and as well as by individual funding bodies for the general public and for the creative industries in particular.


We again write to you warning you about new scams that are doing the rounds via either text messages or emails


You ask and maybe, just maybe, you may get! This announcement of the JobKeeper package  heralds some help for the self employed and contractors.