Feb 8, 2013

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.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

The Gillard government may not be signing off the National Cultural Policy, but there has been some movement in the portfolio this week with the announcement of a new agency, Creative Partnerships Australia. The new federal body will amalgamate the two existing agencies in the field, the Australian Business Arts Foundation and Artsupport, as recommended by advertising tycoon Harold Mitchell in his 2011 report into private sector support for the arts.

“Creative Partnerships Australia is a crucial part of the strategy in the National Cultural Policy,” Arts Minister Simon Crean said this week. “Creative Partnerships Australia has the responsibility for creating a new culture of giving and investment for the cultural industries in Australia by bringing donors, business, artists and cultural organisations together.”

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