Arts election campaigning heats up

With a Federal election looming, it’s time for the sector to get serious about lobbing local MPs and promoting the importance of the arts.

While the date of the 2022 Federal election has yet to be set, arts organisations are ramping up their efforts to ensure that cultural issues are placed squarely on the political radar in the coming weeks.

One such campaign is Fund the Arts, which is looking to put the screws on political candidates this election and ask what they’re doing for the 408,000 people employed in the creative sector, and those who enjoy its fruits.

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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