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Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham —

Crikey arts commentator

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.

Why the Australian arts sector could be in for a major reckoning

Why the Australian arts sector could be in for a major reckoning

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?

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

The inaugural director of Australia’s new arts and culture think tank has her work cut out for her.

MYEFO shell game liberates $5.4 million from arts funding

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.

Bullish film industry ignores looming threats at Screen Forever

Bullish film industry ignores looming threats at Screen Forever

Things are looking up for the Australian screen industry, writes Ben Eltham. So why is everyone so nervous?

Patrons object to Australia Council's new Venice Biennale transparency measures

Patrons object to Australia Council's new Venice Biennale transparency measures

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.

Should the Sydney Theatre Company keep Ian Narev on its board?

Should the Sydney Theatre Company keep Ian Narev on its board?

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.

Arts sector pulls out the big guns to fight the culture war

Arts sector pulls out the big guns to fight the culture war

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?

Can an actual artist afford to go to the Melbourne Festival?

Can an actual artist afford to go to the Melbourne Festival?

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?