Indigenous and disadvantaged artists will suffer under NPEA

Witnesses at day one of the Senate inquiry in Sydney have stressed the damage wrought by the government’s raid on the AusCo.
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Community arts and cultural development programs across Australia will be severely impacted by the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA), according to witnesses at the Sydney leg of the Senate inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts.

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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