Perth’s Fringe World is being critiqued, again, for accepting sponsorship from Woodside Petroleum.
Two reports — from think tank A New Approach and ex-Grattan Institute director John Daley — say Australian art and culture hasn’t advocated for itself effectively. But we need to try something new.
Melbourne’s snap-lockdown proves festivals are still vulnerable. If the government doesn’t provide insurance, arts organisations may decide it’s not worth the risk.
Investment in the arts is also an investment in economic growth, health and well-being – but arts practitioners won’t be holding their breath at budget time.
The government needs to address the whole ecosystem of the arts, increasing funding to the Australia Council so individual artists and small organisations get adequate support.
The 2021 Federal Budget should be used as an opportunity to invest in ideas: in arts, culture, universities, the ABC, and First Nations Australians.
Ex theatre critic for The Australian and founder of Currency Press and Currency House, Katharine Brisbane, now 89, has issued a call to arms for the arts to be taken seriously.
Some hard decisions need to be made if we are to get better value-for-money performing arts funding from central and local government.
New research shows COVID-19 threw existing inequalities into sharp relief: well-funded institutions were able to move their projects online, while smaller galleries struggled.
The first round of RISE funding recipients has been announced — but is it the best use of money?
Lockdowns, job loss and university courses struck down: 2020 was a difficult year for Australia’s artists. But there was light through the darkness.
Literature funding has been cut brutally in recent years and writers’ incomes are disastrously low. Yet books shape our national identity, forming an often invisible bedrock for the wider economy.
In a year when regional tourism has been hit so hard by bushfires and COVID-19, why is a crucial NSW regional arts body being cut?
In a year of lockdowns, The Impossible Project gives life to shows that never reached the stage. More than 150 events are listed on this online archive, and sadly, more are likely to come.
The 2020 federal budget allocates an additional A$53 million towards screen funding, but there are strings attached.
The amount going to arts and culture is a pimple to a pumpkin compared to what’s being pumped into the economy as a whole.
Some games developed in South Australia will now be able to access a rebate of 10% of production costs. It’s helpful but more is needed for Australia’s game industry to thrive.
After seven months of waiting for a support package, artists can finally apply for funding. But with ministerial sign-off, the guidelines don’t instil hope.
Arts service organisations advocate for artists and help develop artforms. Cuts in NSW signal a more targeted approach to reduced government support for the arts and culture.
Where the policy debate has focused on a need to ‘rescue’ the cultural sector from the ill-effects of COVID-19, the emphasis must now be on growing it as part of a wider program of public investment.