Even the winners have lost

Now that the dust has settled from the latest Australia Council organisations funding round, we can see the implications for the sector – and they’re grim.

Stripped bare: funding cap leaves companies under-resourced. A scene from Australian Dance Theatre’s Habitus. Photo by Chris Herzfeld (Camlight Productions).

With the Australia Council’s budget reduced by $72.8 million over four years due to 2015’s shock raid by then Arts Minister George Brandis (to establish what is now known as the Catalyst fund) it was always apparent that there would be bad news for the sector when the results of the Four Year Funding Program were announced.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts