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Tough times for Circus Monoxide, left out of major government arts support package

September 25, 2021
Carmel Schenke, Executive Director

While we love to keep a sunny, optimistic face at CircusMonoxide, I feel it is time I share with our community that our not-for-profit Association is facing difficult times due to the length of this lockdown and lack of government support available.  With our reopening timeline unclear due to lack of clarity in the government’s roadmap to reopening, Circus Monoxide is potentially facing six months of lost income for the organisation through the loss of two terms and two school holidays for theCircus School, six months of our fabulous parties and no possibility of our regular performance work for the six month period.  And when we can return to face-to-face classes is unclear.  For now, we are looking into the potential of one-on-one outdoor private classes.

 

While the NSW government announced a $75 million performing arts support package immediately when lockdown started in June, it is a great disappointment that Circus Monoxide does not qualify for support as the package is tailored only to venues and organisations that earn income through box office.  Our business model of earning income via student fees excludes Circus Monoxide from any support under the package.  While a small amount can be applied for under another COVID support package (and we are applying for that, and it will be greatly appreciated and very helpful if received) it doesn’t go close to matching the loss this lockdown has brought on.

 

Create NSW is our sector’s NSW government agency – they keep the sector updated with all government information, requirements and planning regarding COVID.  In recent guidance through the NSW government’s roadmap to reopening, Create NSW confirmed that there is no clarity in the roadmap around unvaccinated children under 16 participating in cultural activities.  Therefore,Circus Monoxide remains unclear as to when we will be able to resume face-to-face classes for the bulk of our students.

 

Understandably, this level of lost income is difficult for Circus Monoxide’s business. Read on in our next blog post, “Disruption provides fertile ground for innovation”, about our new income strategies, and please look out for our upcoming fundraiser.

 

We will continue to keep abreast of the changing situation and advise our community as soon as we get confirmation as to when Circus Monoxide can reopen for face-to-face classes and activity.  Until then, we are working hard on covid-safe planning and procedures for when we see you, in-person, again.

 

Carmel Schenke

Executive Director

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