Dec 19, 2017

MYEFO shell game liberates $5.4 million from arts funding

The federal government has sprung yet another surprise funding raid on the Australia Council, writes Ben Eltham.

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

There was more bad news for the arts buried in yesterday’s mid-year economic statement. Tucked away in the budget items for the Communications and Arts portfolio came the announcement that the government would once again be cutting funding to the Australia Council, the nation’s key cultural funding agency.

The announcement came in the form of a “continuation” in funding for Creative Partnerships Australia, a government agency charged with fostering sponsorship and philanthropy for culture. Arts Minister Mitch Fifield lauded Creative Partnerships’ achievements, writing in a media release that “the goal of Creative Partnerships Australia is to grow a more vibrant and robust cultural sector with strong connections to supporters and investors, for the benefit of all Australians.”

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3 thoughts on “MYEFO shell game liberates $5.4 million from arts funding

  1. AR

    Hey, if it results in more artists starving in garrets and leaving something of value, rather than the slop of the gravy train, that’s A. OK.

    1. Mandy

      Is that how you perceive the arts? As another brick in the temple of capitalism where a valued commodity needs to be produced?
      Have you checked out the average earnings of those working in the arts sector?
      Why would anyone do it to meet your objective?

      1. AR

        Value as in a work of art, something sublime that speaks to the human condition, that drove the creator which such passion that they would produce it come hell or highwater.
        “Earnings of those working (sic!) in the arts sector” – such a perfect example of the quotidian nature of the yartz as she is spoke.
        Vision be buggered.

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