Marmur supervised the final Melbourne Symphony Orchestra show at Hamer Hall, was a design assistant on the Melbourne Theatre Company production of Emerald City and did scenic painting for The Planet – A Lament for the Asia TOPA Festival.
Then COVID-19 hit and now Marmur’s in limbo. “I’m at home in Hoppers Crossing looking after my two young children, putting out spot-fires, playing arts and craft games with them and spending a lot of time in the garden planting garlic and silver beet.
High-profile thespians Eddie Perfect, Nadine Garner and Rob Mills have been sounding off about themselves and their grunt-work colleagues “falling through the cracks”, and Marmur is one of those.
“For every Millsy you see there are 50 you don’t,” she says. “Due to the anomaly on the JobKeeper legislation, I am ineligible, in spite of the fact I have been working in this industry for 17 years and 10-plus years with the same employer.”
The Arts Centre is state owned, meaning it is ineligible for the JobKeeper federal funding, she says. “That’s why other cultural institutions such as ACMI, Melbourne Recital Centre, the State Library and NGV are having the same issue.”
Many colleagues and friends are in the same boat.
“In an effort to right this I have started a petition to raise awareness and convince the government to reconsider and include arts workers in their JobKeeper scheme.”
The petition is on track to exceed 2500 signatures.