Here they are! NPEA draft guidelines released

The Federal Government has released guidelines on how it will spend the money it has taken from the Australia Council for the National Program for Excellence in the Arts.
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The Program, controversially announced in the Budget,will fund performances, exhibitions and new work but not projects by individuals or digital production including games, films or television.

The guidelines commit to ‘approximately $20 million’ of expenditure for each of the four years of the program, ​which falls $25 million short of the ​$110 million cut from the Australia Council. The Government announced in the Budget Papers that $104.8 million would be used to fund a National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) and $5.3 million for the continuation of Creative Partnerships Australia’s .

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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