SA budget provides little relief for the arts

The 2017-18 arts budget is targeted towards capital works and festivals, with no new money for individual artists and small-to-medium arts organisations.

The 2017-2018 budget includes $1.25 million for Adelaide Festival for presentation of major international works, such as Glyndebourne’s Saul, the centrepiece of the 2017 festival. 

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis’ fourth budget, handed down yesterday, provides little joy for the arts sector save for a few major organisations and events. There is no new money allocated towards small-to-medium companies or individual artists.

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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