Arts orgs disappointed as funding reality sinks in

A lack of indexation coupled with static funding for another four years has distressed some Victorian organisations. Others are celebrating.

Numerous Victorian arts organisations are looking at having to budget for a nine year period without any increase in core funding, following the results of the latest Creative Victoria multi-year investment program. 

Organisations which had previously received funding for the four years from 2017-2020 (extended into 2021 in light of the additional pressures caused by COVID-19) recently learned the results of their application to the Creative Enterprises Program for the period 2022-2025. 

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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