Live Performance Australia™ (LPA) is the peak representative body for the live performance industry in Australia. Our Members include producers, promoters, performing arts companies, arenas, stadiums and performing arts centres, ticketing agencies, cinemas and exhibition companies from across the country.
Established in 1917, LPA’s main focus was to protect and further the interests of its Members, working in conjunction with unions and government to promote a healthy and vibrant live performance industry in Australia. Now, almost 100 years later, LPA continues to do this, helping to foster a harmonious policy and industrial relations environment and assisting in creating an industry now worth $1.4 billion annually. Working across 3 platforms, LPA supports its Members and fosters the industry through:
LPA assists Members with Union negotiations (including negotiating collective agreements for both the commercial and not-for-profit sector). We also provide a range of employment/industrial advice – from employment termination, redundancy issues, preparation of contracts and the interpretation of legislation. LPA can assist with Work, Health and Safety matters and has developed the Work, Health and Safety Guidelines for the Live Performance Industry. LPA can also provide immigration assistance including processing entertainment visas and importation of foreign artists.
Policy & Programs
LPA works with Members to create standards of ‘best practice’ which are beneficial to the industry. Codes and Guidelines created and maintained by LPA include the LPA Ticketing Code of Practice and Arts Access Information Kit. LPA also undertakes research on behalf of its Members such as the annual Ticket Attendance and Revenue Survey: Live Entertainment Industry in Australia and the Size and Scope of the Live Entertainment Industry. Research is then drawn upon when engaging with government around issues such as venue infrastructure and industry investment. In addition to this, LPA provides Members with advice on a range of issues such as consumer law, copyright, taxation, investment, privacy, and child employment. The Policy & Programs area also manages LPA’s flagship environmental sustainability project, Greener Live Performances through Energy Efficiency.
Communication & Events
LPA Members are provided with the latest industry news and information through publications, newsletters and circular updates. Information, member resources and research tools are also accessible from our websites:
Live Performance Australia
Greener Live Performances
LPA Hall of Fame
LPA also provides education and skills development to producers wishing to expand their knowledge and experience through Producer Development initiatives such as seminar events and the Asian Producers Platform Camp.
Members have the opportunity to network with others within the industry through the events and functions that are hosted by LPA such as seminars, briefings, roundtables, meetings and networking functions.
Each year LPA presents the Helpmann Awards. Inaugurated in 2001, these Awards recognise and celebrate distinguished artistic achievement and excellence, and are considered the pinnacle event in the live performance industry calendar.