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Ben Eltham — Freelance arts journalist

Ben Eltham

Freelance arts journalist

Ben Eltham is a freelance arts journalist.

Our new national arts policy still offers nothing for the little guys

Our new national arts policy still offers nothing for the little guys

There's a growing resentment in the arts sector, and Australia’s cultural ministers just ensured it will continue growing for at least the next decade.

Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Why are Australian writers going home empty-handed?

Another local literary prize has refused to award a winner. This can have a crushing effect on a tough winner-takes-all economy.

How high can the body count go in Australian arts?

How high can the body count go in Australian arts?

The arts sector is in the middle of a brutal tournament for small-to-medium funding. Under this government, there's no end in sight.

Behind the demise of Playwriting Australia

Behind the demise of Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is an organisation devoted to improving the nation’s scripts. But the drama lately has all been in the board room.

Labor shoots for the glory days of arts policy

Labor shoots for the glory days of arts policy

Art is ultimately about symbolism, and Labor delivered it in spades this weekend.

How much should the ABC be investing in Australian arts and culture?

How much should the ABC be investing in Australian arts and culture?

The ABC really is Australia’s most important cultural institution. But is it meeting its charter responsibilities to the arts?

Good times in the music industry can’t conceal an undercurrent of gender politics

Good times in the music industry can’t conceal an undercurrent of gender politics

Music industry types around the country are still recovering from last week's Big Sound conference. What did it reveal about the state of the industry?

How do you fix the arts sector? Tony Burke has some ideas

How do you fix the arts sector? Tony Burke has some ideas

Labor’s Tony Burke has a surprisingly big vision for the arts, but can he back it up? Crikey sat down with him to find out.

How do you get Australians to stream Australian music?

How do you get Australians to stream Australian music?

Like the shift to streaming television, more and more Australians are listening to music through streaming services. But are they listening to Australian songs?

Should Netflix be forced to screen more Australian content?

Should Netflix be forced to screen more Australian content?

Industry groups are ramping up a communications policy push, and the focus is on a certain foreign streaming service.