Why funding only the majors means the arts won’t fly

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Richard Watts

The Federal Government has consistently reiterated its preferences for funding established arts organisations over the grassroots. But companies like the Flying Fruit Fly Circus would not exist if previous governments had taken this approach.

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Image: The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, photo supplied

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts