In the days after the announcement of the federal government’s artistic blueprint in Canberra, Crikey has spoken to dozens of prominent figures in the arts. In the main, the response has been highly positive.
Australia Council deputy chair Robyn Archer, for instance, calls the policy “fantastic” and “visionary”. “The focus on schools — that’s fantastic, that’s visionary,” she said. “If you try to imagine a life without music, or film, now it would be a pretty bleak existence. Therefore the arts have to be regarded as an essential service and they need to be trained and paid like other essential services.”