Overseas artists agreement

Overseas artists agreement

Musical theatre is a thriving sector within the Australian performing arts industry, creating hundreds of jobs for actors, musicians, crew and theatre workers.

But the performing community has been repeatedly dismayed at the casting of overseas artists in key roles, denying opportunities to Australian artists.

It’s happening too often, and the opaque nature of the casting process is disrespectful to talented Australian artists.

In 2013, Live Performance Australia tore up an agreement with Equity covering the use of overseas artists.

It’s time for LPA and all its producer members to work with Equity to respect the concerns of the performing community and revive a rigorous consultation process for the use of imports

Musical theatre is a thriving sector within the Australian performing arts industry, creating hundreds of jobs for actors, musicians, crew and theatre workers.

But the performing community has been repeatedly dismayed at the casting of overseas artists in key roles, denying opportunities to Australian artists.

It’s happening too often, and the opaque nature of the casting process is disrespectful to talented Australian artists.

In 2013, Live Performance Australia tore up an agreement with Equity covering the use of overseas artists.

It’s time for LPA and all its producer members to work with Equity to respect the concerns of the performing community and revive a rigorous consultation process for the use of imports

We need a new agreement on the use of overseas artists

Let’s show Live Performance Australia (the member body for producers of live productions) that we are serious about an open and transparent consultation process for the casting of overseas artists in key roles in commercial musical theatre productions. 

Dear Live Performance Australia,

Musical theatre is a thriving sector within the Australian performing arts industry, creating hundreds of jobs for actors, musicians, crew and theatre workers.

But the performing community has been repeatedly dismayed at the casting of overseas artists in key roles, denying opportunities to Australian artists. It’s happening too often, and the obscure nature of the casting process is disrespectful to talented Australian artists.

Since 2012, there has been no agreement with Live Performance Australia for a careful consideration of the conditions and circumstances under which overseas artists could be engaged on a musical theatre production. In its absence, the immigration rules do not protect Australian artists and the jobs they have trained for decades to undertake.

In the past five years, LPA has refused to acknowledge that the issue of overseas artist engagement needs to be discussed, and have refused to create a new and updated Overseas Artists Agreement.

We say it’s time for LPA and all its producer members to work with Equity to respect the concerns of the performing community and revive a genuine and authentic consultation process for the use of imports.