Topic archives: arts funding

A UBI would help artists about as much as it would help precarious workers

May 11, 2018 5

That champions of universal basic income think the lives of artists — or any workers — would flourish under UBI shows that they are out of touch with the wealth systems they are trying to disrupt.

In conversation with new arts think tank program director Kate Fielding

February 23, 2018

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

December 19, 2017 3

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

Aussie arts sector to get a new think tank, but is that a good thing?

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.

George Brandis and the struggle for competence

October 7, 2016 12

As Attorney-General, George Brandis has presided over a long series of bungles.

Labor’s arts policy brings passion, vision to election — finally

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.

‘Devastating’ OzCo grants just the tip of the iceberg

May 23, 2016 7

The Australia Council budget cuts are even worse than they seem. And the worst is yet to come.

Full list of casualties from Brandis’ arts bloodbath revealed

May 13, 2016 2

All arts companies, all artists and all audiences are the losers today as each is dependent on the other to build a creative nation -- and economy.

Turnbull govt leaves arts in a sling, locking in Abbott-era cuts

May 4, 2016 1

The significant level of austerity imposed on our cultural institutions was confirmed in last night's budget.

No grants for gaming

May 3, 2016 1

Apparently funding a museum about cars in video games is ok, though.

Qld arts company collapse leaves funding and projects in limbo

April 28, 2016 1

Artslink Queensland has gone into voluntary administration, leaving those artists and projects depending on the company in limbo.

Massive arts grant highlights the rift between the haves, have-nots

February 10, 2016

Arts industry figures have been gobsmacked at just how much money is being distributed to a commercial gallery.

Turn off the TV and make some art

November 23, 2015

Crikey readers discuss consumerism and other issues of the day.

Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

Brandis is wrong: small arts orgs deliver much greater bang for govt buck

September 18, 2015 2

New data released by the Australia Council reveals that large performing arts companies are highly inefficient, writes Ben Eltham.

‘We were blindsided’: books industry demands to know next plot twist

‘We were blindsided’: books industry demands to know next plot twist

September 3, 2015 1

A group of literature organisations has written an open letter to Arts Minister George Brandis, claiming they have been shut out of consultations for an books industry council announced last year.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 26, 2015 5

Ben Eltham uninvited from Brandis event ... TPGificiation of iiNet has begun ...

Want arts funding bang-for-buck? Fund the small-to-medium sector

August 21, 2015

Crikey readers discuss funding cuts and other issues of the day.

What the heck is ‘excellence’? Arts community tries govt in absentia

What the heck is ‘excellence’? Arts community tries govt in absentia

August 6, 2015 3

The opening hearing of a Senate Inquiry into the Arts portfolio discovered an industry bitterly opposed to George Brandis’ Excellence Program.