While we await details of the Australian Government’s new National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, using money from the Australia Council budget, the issue has generated a significant industry response.
ArtsPeak, the national confederation of peak arts organisations, of which Music Australia is a member, has called for a Senate Enquiry, stating “We are concerned by the lack of consultation with the Australia Council and key arts industry stakeholders in making this radical change to the arts funding process. Senator Brandis has failed to provide anything other than anecdotal evidence to justify his actions”. Opposition spokesman Mark Dreyfus has supported the call, and has said Labor will seek to establish a Senate Enquiry, which Greens spokesperson Scot Ludlam has also backed.
In other coverage new QMusic chief Joel Edmondson has called for a “national conversation on what defines excellence” in a thoughtful opinion piece on the Qmusic website, Artshub has provided ongoing coverage with a good overview of sector advocacy, and we have previously detailed our concerns about the potential fallout from this decision on fragile but important parts of the sector.