Oct 26, 2012

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?

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Could the golden age of the small-to-medium arts company be coming to an end?

Hard-pressed arts managers will shake their heads in disbelief and ask if it ever arrived. But the truth is that, in funding terms, the last decade or so has been one of the best times to work in a smaller performing arts company since the 1970s.

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3 thoughts on “How government austerity is squeezing smaller arts groups

  1. Dylan Nicholson

    Much as it would be sad to see the inevitable closures that would result, it is reasonable to ask just how much of taxpayers’ money is it justified to put towards supporting organizations with such a limited outreach (and yes, of course there are far more questionable uses of public funds). I think there’s a decent argument for HECS/HELP type loans (i.e. ones that you don’t need to pay off until a certain level of income stream is established) for arts organizations – in fact I’d go so far as to suggest ALL government grants that go to organizations expected to continue functioning for at least 10 years could be done this way.

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