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Radio’s ‘bullshit’ quotas are holding back Aussie music: exec

Annual music industry talk-fest Big-Sound is wrapping up, and the talk was of local content requirements for commercial radio, plus what the Abbott government will (or won’t) do to help the domestic music industry.

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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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‘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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Media, cultural policy: pieces of the puzzle not in place

Australia is entering a “convergent media policy moment”, according to academic Terry Flew. How will the various pieces of the cultural puzzle fit together on this difficult issue?

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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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Oz Council review: smart reform, but will Crean have the cash/courage?

Angus James and Gabrielle Trainor’s review of the Australia Council is a bold yet sensible reform blueprint for an organisation that badly needs reform. But can it really be implemented?

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Cultural policy in limbo … which might give the space needed

The federal government’s decision to delay the National Cultural Policy is disappointing. But it is also an opportunity to deliver a better, broader policy.

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No news is bad news for culture policy pre-budget

The National Cultural Policy has fallen off the Gillard government’s agenda. Meanwhile, new funding for the major performing arts sector is being announced outside the National Cultural Policy process.

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By design, not circumstance, a push for recognition

The design sector is pushing for greater recognition through a national design policy. But is anyone listening, ask Ben Eltham and Rebecca Harkins-Cross?

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New cultural roadmap, but will there be a soundtrack?

The arts year will be dominated by key themes: the announcement of the National Cultural Policy, the deflation of the music festivals bubble, and fraught times at many smaller companies.

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Australia Council review secret and hopelessly compromised

Arts Minister Simon Crean’s review of the Australia Council is much needed. But it’s been hopelessly compromised already by the choice of the man leading it.

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The problem of being exceptional

Excellence. It might be a goal of our national cultural policy, but do we really know it means?

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Controversy aside, snaps to Australian poets

Australian poetry is suddenly the subject of considerable debate. While there’s controversy over a new poetry anthology by UNSW Press, there’s wider optimism over the health of poetry more generally.

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Arts policy converging into a government hash

Government arts policy is a hash. The now its Convergence Review — which is posing serious questions about the future shape of cultural policy — is making the National Cultural Policy irrelevant.

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Government converges on growing cultural reality

With the federal government’s Convergence Review under way, Catherine Lumby and Kate Crawford have set forward some new principles for regulatory reform. The current landscape is not a pretty picture.

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