Art & Design

Nov 27, 2012

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.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Late last week was a nervous time for New South Wales arts organisations awaiting triennial funding decisions. As the letters went out on Thursday and Friday, reports started to come in of companies that had lost funding.

Two prominent regional companies received significant funding cuts: Albury-Wodonga’s HotHouse Theatre and Newcastle’s Renew Newcastle. What happened next is a lesson in the politics of arts funding.

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2 thoughts on “After social media storm, NSW arts funding magically appears

  1. Salamander

    Had Barry not reversed this decision on Renew Newcastle it could have cost young Tim his seat. This popular outfit has done a brilliant job over several years, accompanied by smart publicity.
    And if you keep assuming Newcastle is a village in darkest Africa, you will be putting Novocastrians on the radar.

  2. Adeline Teoh

    The initial decision sounded like it was a triumph of bureaucracy over common sense. Fortunately common sense prevailed, but it took a lot of social media badgering for the polllies to realise what they’d done.

    The astonishing thing was how little these organisations were asking for in comparison to, say, the $1 billion miscalculation in NSW Government accounts, giving them a healthy surplus instead of a deficit.

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