Turning the spotlight: $7.3 million for independent cinemas

The Morrison government continues to support the recovery of the arts and entertainment sector, with 125 independent cinemas to share more than $7.3 million from the $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighborhoods (SCREEN) fund. dollars.

The Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Honorable Paul Fletcher MP, said the grants would help independent and regional cinemas to remain viable after the continued disruption to their operations from the Omicron variant.

“Independent cinemas are a vital part of Australia’s economic, social and cultural well-being, which is why we continue to provide one-off business continuity grants to support the resurgence of cinemas after prolonged closures and restrictions. of capacity,” said Minister Fletcher.

“The Morrison government has committed $17.7 million from the SCREEN Fund to date to help 200 independent cinemas across the country keep their doors open, continue to provide employment opportunities and continue to showcase diverse stories. to entertain their communities.”

Administered by Screen Australia, the government announced a second round of the SCREEN fund in December 2021 to support independent cinema operators with grants of up to $85,000 if they have experienced a significant drop in income due to the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said: “With the pandemic continuing to impact independent cinema exhibitors, we are pleased to continue administering the SCREEN Fund to support the viability and recovery of independent cinemas. Australians, and ultimately allowing Australians to continue to enjoy the immersive big-screen experience when it’s safe to do so.

The Morrison government is investing a record $1 billion in the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

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