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‘Some years ago’, writes Mark Williams, ‘an international cabaret performer was told by a sensible Australian aunt: “All you’ll have at the end is a scrapbook and some memories.”’
Are things better for our performance artists in Australia today? Williams says no, and studies show that among professional artists and crews, the level of mental ill-health, suicidal ideation and suicide is up to nine times that of the general population. In a stark reflection on the history of performers’ practice, Williams shows how government and industry services, in applying the principle, ‘A fair go for all,’ have unwittingly discriminated against those who work irregular hours in hard conditions at low pay because it is their calling, Williams calls for more flexibility in public services, whole-of-life planning and self-awareness in early training; and sees opportunities, particularly in social capital housing. Without a home to come home to, he says, our artists today ‘are in terrible danger of falling through the gaps’.
Dr Mark Williams practices in Melbourne as a solicitor in copyright and the law as it pertains to theatre. He has advised large and small performing arts companies, appeared at tribunals and lobbied for and negotiated wages and conditions from both sides of the fence. He has also been at the forefront of the copyright convergence debate and cases of infringement in the Federal and High Courts. He is a Life Member of Melbourne’s Green room Awards and is a member of the Committee of the Victorian Actors’ Benevolent Trust.
The Actors Benevolent Fund of NSW is now in its 74th year of providing assistance to professional artists in the performing arts when they are in times of need due to illness,injury, old age and financial stress.
Launches will be held in the following cities
Monday 20 August Parliament House Committee
2018 6.30 pm to 8.00pm
RSVP to Jane Boyer
Thursday 23 August 2018 3.30 pm to 5.00pm
45 Downstairs, Ground Floor, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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