ABC cuts hit a sweet note for classical sector

Plans for a new content development fund and a renewed focus on arts and the regions are positive signs say sector representatives.

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The classical music sector has welcomed recent changes at the ABC announced by Managing Director Michelle Guthrie.

Savings enabled by a 20% cut to ABC management positions are to be channelled into a new $50 million content development fund.

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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