Budget 2024-25: what’s in it for the arts?

Arts education, live music and screen content for children are among the areas targeted for investment in Tuesday’s Federal Budget.
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A total of $115.2 million for the ARTS8 group – the eight elite national training institutions including the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) – is one of the centrepiece investments of the Albanese Labor Government’s 2024-2025 Federal Budget.

The screen sector is also a beneficiary this year, with the Budget including $14.5 million to support the production of Australian children’s screen content, and a further $9.3 million to expand and enhance the National Film and Sound Archive’s (NFSA) capacity to store highly flammable nitrate-based cultural heritage material.

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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