Arts funding

Sydney Opera house

As the government prepares to dish out the $250 million arts funding package, UNSW’s Sonya Lifschitz wants to ensure smaller companies aren’t left behind

Sydney Festival

Australia's three major summer festivals in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide give an interesting insight into how festival programming is changing – or not.


As artists turn to crowdfunding their projects, Usman W. Chohan warns that we should be cautious about viewing it as a means of supplanting government support for the arts.


Deep funding cuts will affect Australia’s entire arts ecology, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


The arts community has been assured that funding will now be distributed in an arms-length, non-political process, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


If the new arts minister, Mitch Fifield, abolishes the National Program for Excellence in the Arts and diverts its funds back to the Australia Council, he will increase arts funding at no cost to the budget bottom line, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


The last time a minister was able to micro-manage individual grants was back in the 1950s when Menzies oversaw the Commonwealth Literary Fund, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


The capricious nature of this government’s approach to arts funding promises rich pickings for some, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.


Greater government control of arts funding is the likely reason for the establishment of a new National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.