#fundedlikeamajor: Who is really subsidising the arts Australians love?

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Marcus Westbury

Data shows that art lovers aren’t going to the same places where the money is. It's time funding began to respect the diversity of tastes found in Australian audiences, argues Marcus Westbury.

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The small arts sector is more efficient in reaching audiences and supporting the arts. Image credit: Performance by Circa captured by Darcy Grant Photography

Sometimes it takes an extraordinary decision to draw attention to the ordinary ones around us all the time. As anyone with a passing interest in the arts now knows, Senator Brandis, the Federal Arts Minister has recently stripped more than a hundred million dollars from the Australia Council to fund a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA) to be administered directly by his department. 

About the author

Marcus Westbury is the founder of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia, and the author of crowdfunded book Creating Cities, to be released in August. None of his projects currently receive any state or federal arts funding. The views expressed are his own.