As Crikey reported last year, the arts sector is set to get a new lobby group. Thanks to a joint funding package by wealthy philanthropists at the Myer, Fairfax and Keir Foundations, $1.6 million will be spent setting up “A New Approach” program to promote the value of culture in Australian life.

Few in the arts sector would argue about the need for such a group. As the now-notorious raid on the Australia Council by George Brandis in 2015 showed, the sector lacks a muscular lobby group that could campaign for the value of culture to politicians and voters.