Industry demands top up of OzCo funding

Arts groups are urging the Minister for the Arts to increase funding, as the sector digests the latest funding blow.

As arts funding head south, organisations urge an emergency top up. Image: Shutterstock.

Advocacy groups are urging the The Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, to commit to close a gap of at least $7 million in Australia Council funding to ensure that the small to medium sector can survive.

On Monday, 250 small to medium arts organisations were told that they could not continue to the second phase of applying for four-year funding. The outlook for the sector was described but almost everyone ArtsHub spoke to as ‘devastating’.

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Alison Croggon
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Alison Croggon is an award-winning novelist, poet, theatre writer and critic. She has 30 years experience reviewing performance for outlets such as The Australian, the ABC and The Monthly and generated an international reputation as a performance critic with her influential blog Theatre Notes. In 2009 she was the first online critic to win the prestigious Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year Award. Twitter: @alisoncroggon