Funding boost for ARTS8 group is a ‘record investment’

Eight educational institutions, including NIDA, NICA, ANAM and AFTRS, are sharing a $115.2 million support package thanks to the 2024-25 Federal Budget.
A First Nations dancer dressed in black poses just right of the centre of a stage, with a group of other dancers dressed in black and/or white crouch behind.

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, handed down on Tuesday (14 May), has delivered ‘a record $7.3 million investment in the future of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus,’ according to the company’s CEO Richard Hull.

The new support for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus (or “the Fruities” as they are colloquially known) is part of a larger, $115.2 million package for the ARTS8 group of national arts training organisations, as previously announced by ArtsHub.

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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