The 2014-2015 Australian budget: where to from here for the arts?

17 May

The 2014-2015 Australian Budget, which is yet to be passed through the Senate, aims to take $87M from the arts.

The 2014-2015 Australian Budget, which is yet to be passed through the Senate, aims to take $87M from the arts.

The Childers Group is very concerned about the 2014-2015 Australian Budget and how it might impact on the development, sustainability, and vitality of the arts. It has been reported that this budget, if passed through the Senate, would cut $87M from the arts sector, primarily from the Australia Council for the Arts and Screen Australia. In terms of the Australia Council, this would most likely mean reduced support for small to medium arts companies and fewer grants to individual artists. Combined with other budget cuts and measures, we are especially concerned about young artists and their ability to survive, let alone develop their careers. We are currently considering the best course of action. In the meantime, below is a variety of reactions so far. We’ll keep adding to this list, so if you read some excellent commentary please let us know.

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