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The ripple of Australian art that radiates outwards (all the way to Crikey)

The arts is a living, breathing monster; roaring in our major cultural spaces and dingy laneways near you. Crikey is diving into the pond with the launch on Monday of Daily Review.

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A discordant sound travels from Wagga to world stages

Mat Schulz found a place where experimental music was brought into the fold in the Polish city of Krakow. Sanjay Fernandes catches up with him in Germany.

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Broadcasting and arts: boost for ABC, SBS and Conversation

Crikey examines how media and culture organisations fared in this year’s budget. The ABC and SBS are smiling — and the ghost of Simon Crean lives on.

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Is money for Australian art in Venice a little rich?

Australia is getting a new pavilion at the Venice Biennale, largely funded by private donors. But very few of us will ever see it. The rich are spending more on art, but do we really benefit?

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Post-Crean, arts shake-up begins — with winners and losers

Simon Crean is gone, but the Gillard government is pressing on with its Australia Council reforms. It might face opposition to the decision to scrap artform-specific representation.

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Do government film subsidies add up? Yes, and no

The federal government is giving a big Hollywood studio $21 million to film a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in Australia. Is it money well spent? It does return, but not where it’s needed.

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Arts funding winners grin, but some criticism for Crean report

As the dust begins to settle on Simon Crean’s Creative Australia policy, most arts and cultural leaders have been overwhelmingly supportive of the new plan. But there are a few dissenting voices.

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Delahunty: kudos to Crean for prising arts money from Treasury

Former Victorian ALP arts minister Mary Delahunty reflects on how hard it is to get money out of Treasury boffins for the arts, and provides a few pointers to would-be arts ministers.

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National Cultural Policy out at last — and it’s a big win for arts

The federal government’s National Cultural Policy, released today, is a big win for the arts generally — it’s got new money and plenty of policy reform. But there are losers.

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Labor are ‘philistines’ on arts: Brandis ignites policy debate

Get set: we might finally be about to have a genuine debate on arts policy. Ahead of the long-awaited release of Labor’s National Cultural Policy, shadow minister George Brandis fires up to Crikey.

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And the centre of arts innovation is … Perth

Western Australia’s cultural scene is flourishing. As Perth booms with mining wealth, its international festivals are expanding and the local scene is a melting pot of renewed creativity.

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Creative partnerships: a new approach to giving in the arts

Philanthropy in the arts is due for a shake-up. Crikey talks to the CEO of the federal government’s new arts philanthropy organisation, Creative Partnerships Australia.

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‘Not just a whole lot of nice gigs’: life in arts bureaucracy

What does an arts funding agency look like from the inside? Crikey chats with former deputy director-general of Arts Queensland Leigh Tabrett to find out.

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Big Day gets out, and smaller is probably better

With the Big Day Out on the hunt for a new site, the economic impact of big festivals has never been more important. But are tourist dollars really the best way to measure the impact of cultural events?

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Screen Oz calls cut on funds — drama ends six months early

Australian film and television funding body Screen Australia has spent all its drama budget — six months ahead of the end of the financial year. How could it let the kitty get so low?

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Theatre reviewer’s curtain call shows bare stage of criticism

Australia’s best blog devoted to theatre criticism has frozen in time. There are fewer opportunities for thoughtful arts criticism, robbing culture of important conversations.

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Govt kills the (community) radio stars, stations fear

Community radio — which plays more Australian music than commercial rivals — relies on a government-funded project to put tracks to air. But will that money be there in 2013?

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After social media storm, NSW arts funding magically appears

The power of social media has helped roll back funding cuts to two prominent regional arts organisations in NSW, HotHouse Theatre in Albury-Wodonga and the renowned Renew Newcastle project.

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Subsidies boost TV production, gamers promised more

Simon Crean was talking up the government’s response to the Convergence Review at this year’s Screen Producer’s Conference. TV producers — and game developers — are confident of a boost.

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Arts is local, storytelling digital, in co-creative communities

Community arts and cultural development is in transition. There might be a lack of policy direction, but grassroots organisations are getting on with the business of creating.

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How government austerity is squeezing smaller arts groups

Tight state government revenues mean small-to-medium arts companies face an uncertain future. Is the golden age of funding coming to an end?

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Power and privilege: the 25 ‘trophy’ boards high-flyers covet

What are the boardrooms Australia’s corporate high-flyers most want to be in? The ones with perks where no experience is necessary — but it’s still hard work. Crikey names the most coveted.

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Will the stars align for Queensland’s new arts bet?

Queensland’s new Arts Minister has established a “superstar fund” to bring high-profile performing artists to the Sunshine State. But can she find a hit?

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NIDA dramatics ignore play on arts education

The war of words over the National Institute of Dramatic Arts distracts from the real debate about arts education. Why is the institute so gold-plated in the first place?

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Qld budget: arts cuts will silence smaller shows

Arts Queensland’s budget cuts will hit Queensland’s artists and small cultural organisations hardest. They won’t help minister Ros Bates’ dire standing in the Queensland arts sector.

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