May 14, 2018 4
Like the shift to streaming television, more and more Australians are listening to music through streaming services. But are they listening to Australian songs?
May 9, 2018 5
Industry groups are ramping up a communications policy push, and the focus is on a certain foreign streaming service.
April 26, 2018 10
There's a dense web of influence between our finance sector and cultural institutions. After the royal commission, does it make sense for bankers to head arts organisations anymore?
February 23, 2018
The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.
December 19, 2017 3
The federal government has sprung yet another surprise funding raid on the Australia Council, writes Ben Eltham.
November 17, 2017 4
Things are looking up for the Australian screen industry, writes Ben Eltham. So why is everyone so nervous?
November 2, 2017 1
Why are wealthy philanthropists upset about changes to Australia’s presence at the Venice Biennale? Maybe because they can no longer run their own show.
November 1, 2017 3
The Commonwealth Bank’s Ian Narev may not be too popular with regulators or investors, writes Ben Eltham. But Narev retains the confidence of one key group: board members of the Sydney Theatre Company.
September 6, 2017 2
A new arts lobby group will crunch cultural spending by federal electorate, and use focus groups to hone a pro-culture message, reports Ben Eltham. But will it work?
August 1, 2017 2
Most artists earn below the minimum wage for their art. So how are they going to be able to afford a $700 Melbourne Festival ticket?
March 10, 2017 3
Literary journal ABR advertised for a ‘gender fellowship’. But when the applications came in, none were deemed good enough.
February 10, 2017 4
The government has taken another $9.2 million from the Australia Council, without any notice. The council decided at a board meeting to draw down $10 million from its own reserves.
January 20, 2017 11
The problem with the "uni students are failing to graduate!" narrative is that it is a massive beat-up.
December 9, 2016 2
An underground conference and a new think tank announcement from the top end of town show that Australian culture is starting to mobilise.
October 26, 2016 6
The government wants to bail out Australia's large opera companies. But small-to-medium companies suffering under funding cuts are not happy.
October 7, 2016 20
Senator James Paterson says the Australian government should sell Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles. But it would mean selling more than a canvas.
August 5, 2016 7
Why did George Brandis conduct the 2015 Excellence Raid? There is one very simple reason.
June 7, 2016 4
The Australia Council’s funding cuts have hit grassroots organisations representing artists, particularly hard.
June 6, 2016 9
Labor's arts policy is largely a repair job, but Shorten's passion for it harks back to the grander visions of Labor greats like Gough Whitlam.
May 23, 2016 7
The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.