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.
While the government is showing support and generosity to foreign filmmakers and commercial television interests, it seems less inclined to demonstrate similar largesse to its own creators.
The arts and cultural sector was plunged into crisis three months ago and pleaded for help. Now a federal rescue package has been announced – but who is it for and is it enough?
The Morrison government has announced a $250 million program for the entertainment, arts and screen sectors.
The National Gallery of Australia is facing a 10% reduction in staffing, but will maintain its $16 million acquisitions budget.
Australian musicians make it work by balancing music and non-music jobs, self-employment, contracts, and a love for the art.
Concert halls may slowly be able to reopen – but difficulties will remain.
COVID-19 has shown up a mind-bending contradiction. On one hand, the arts are entwined with our daily lives. Yet culture has disappeared from federal policy. Something has gone fundamentally wrong.
COVID-19 has exposed the insecurity of the cultural workforce. Making the performing arts freely available online may further diminish their value, right when the sector is arguing its worth.
JobKeeper is designed for people with steady jobs. The arts don't work that way.
Public funding for the arts was not originally intended to be a permanent arrangement. But some economic fundamentals mean that it's necessary.
Performing arts centres will be hardest hit by COVID-19. Looking at the fortunes and pressures facing Queensland's Home of the Arts can help us understand the challenges faced by around 150 centres.
Australia's literary journals are produced within a fragile ecosystem – becoming more vulnerable every year.
Carriageworks did everything right but was struggling even in regular conditions. Now the organisation's troubles are emblematic of an arts sector on the edge – but there might be a brighter future.
Carriageworks is not a conventional art space. It is a space of and for community.
Arguments for Australian culture focus on what it should say to demonstrate its worth - rather than the government’s capacity to listen. Our history of conservative cultural leadership show they can.
New modelling from the Grattan Institute estimates up to 75% of people employed in the creative and performing arts could lose their jobs. Why don't they have targeted support?
New grants to aid the arts and culture sector are welcome. But as we look for distraction and meaning in isolation, a bigger correction is needed to how the government values Australian creativity.
A number of measures from both state and federal goverments will offer support to Australia's arts industry.
The cancellation of cultural events will be devastating for artists and arts workers. A $186 million stimulus package could help stem the damage.