Fringe Festival Director and CEO Kerri Glasscock says the arts industry’s pleas for “urgent support” have “fallen on deaf ears” and up to 85 per cent of live music venues will close without help.
“We need support, we need urgent support,” she said.
“The Save our Stages NSW ask went to government almost six months ago and we have had no support forthcoming.
“We warned then in September/October that 85 per cent of our live music venues would close permanently without support and that has fallen on deaf ears”.
Ms Glasscock told Sky News while there are some minsters advocating on behalf of the sector, they have been unsuccessful and her own "internationally renowned" Venue 505 will be closing after 17 years of business in Sydney.
“We have always tied this ask as an urgency to the looming JobKeeper completion and February was really a drop-dead date for us,” she said.
“We knew that we would see venues closing from February because of course venues can’t close overnight, they have to give staff notice, they have to cancel supplies and contracts and get out of leases."