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BEN ELTHAM | THE ARTS | UNLOCK?

Massive arts grant highlights the rift between the haves, have-nots

Arts industry figures have been gobsmacked at just how much money is being distributed to a commercial gallery.

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The curious case of the missing $8 million: OzCo and Arts at loggerheads

The top bureaucrat in the Arts Ministry and the boss of the Australia Council are at odds over Mitch Fifields’s Catalyst program. Who’s right?

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Heart of the Maddah: why Soundwave music festival collapsed

Numerous bad investment decisions ran Soundwave into the ground.

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MARGOT SAVILLE | THE ARTS |

‘A high-risk option’: Turnbull born to rule, but for how long?

Many commentators think Malcolm Turnbull will be in residence at Kirribilli for many years to come. But Paddy Manning, the author of a new book on Turnbull, is not so sure …

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Publishers try to hold back the tide on parallel imports

Publishers, predictably, want to keep Australia’s restrictions on importing books as they are. But savvy customers and e-book sales mean it soon might not matter anyway.

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Climate denier Ian Plimer takes on the people’s Pope

Goodness gracious, Pope Francis thinks that stopping carbon emissions will help the poor, when everyone knows only coal and the free market will do that.

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‘A bloodbath’: excellence is out, innovation is in, arts are still screwed

Hated George Brandis’ National Program for Excellence in the Arts? Mitch Fifield’s “Catalyst” program is not much better …

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Will bringing on an OzCo opponent bite Macdonald on the arts?

Crikey can reveal conservative Senator Ian Macdonald asked an Australia Council critic (and former Family First candidate) to address the Senate arts inquiry.

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Same chaos, different minister for arts sector

New Arts Minister Mitch Fifield wasn’t giving much away at Senate estimates this week.

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It ain’t over til … well, now, maybe, for opera companies

The latest report on our opera companies shows a tragedy of Wagnerian proportions.

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‘A victory for the arts’: artists giddy with Brandis’ removal

George Brandis did not make many friends in the sector during his time as arts minister, with most in the industry hoping Mitch Fifield will be more sympathetic to their needs.

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Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

New data released by the Australia Council reveals that large performing arts companies are highly inefficient, writes Ben Eltham.

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Poetry slam: the tragic tale of the straight, white, underprivileged man

Poor white men, they never get any breaks, you know?

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‘We were blindsided’: books industry demands to know next plot twist

A group of literature organisations has written an open letter to Arts Minister George Brandis, claiming they have been shut out of consultations for an books industry council announced last year.

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Champing at the Brit: arts leaders feel snubbed by new appointment

Not everyone is pleased with the appointment of veteran theatre director Jonathan Church to the role of artistic director for Sydney Theatre Company.

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Big companies tour more, do they? George bungles the arts again

It makes sense to fund major arts companies and not small ones because the large ones do most of the touring, says Arts Minister George Brandis. Except that is blatantly false. Crikey arts writer Ben Eltham and Crikey intern Joely Mitchell crunch the numbers.

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What we will lose under Brandis’ arts cuts

Brandis says he will only fund “excellent” companies with a proven track record. But where do you think such companies get their talent from? Crikey intern Tahlia Higgins and writer-at-large Guy Rundle report.

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What the heck is ‘excellence’? Arts community tries govt in absentia

The opening hearing of a Senate Inquiry into the Arts portfolio discovered an industry bitterly opposed to George Brandis’ Excellence Program.

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Senate submission reveals full impact of Brandis’ raid on OzCo

The Australia Council’s submission to a Senate Inquiry reveals the scale of duning changes imposed by George Brandis’ Excellence program.

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What went wrong at Mess + Noise?

Mess + Noise covered all the music that the rest wouldn’t touch. Along the way, it provided an important early platform for some of Australia’s best music writers, writes former Mess + Noise contributor Annie Toller .

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Proof in the pudding? Sydney’s cookbook queen dethroned

Julie Gibbs, the curator of many beloved cookbooks, is leaving her position as publishing director of Lantern.

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HELEN RAZER | THE ARTS |

Barnesy working hard to make a living, but Reclaim Australia have done the right thing

Jimmy Barnes has not said he is suing Reclaim Australia for promoting an anti-tolerance message he abhors. But he still could.

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Exclusive: Brandis ‘completely flummoxed’ by his own OzCo changes

Struggling Arts Minister George Brandis has revealed he doesn’t actually understand the changes he’s made to the Australia Council. Additional reporting by Crikey intern Joely Mitchell.

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How not to win the Archibald Prize and influence people

Artist and Archibald Prize entrant Oscar Finch thought he had the perfect plan, but then …

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Rundle: so you think you can effect political change? Stop holding dance-offs!

The arts community is up in arms about Brandis’ announced funding cuts. But it’s going about that protest all wrong. Here’s what would actually work.

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