Shock funding cancellations due to AusCo Federal Budget 2015 arts cuts

The impact of last week’s shock cuts to the Australia Council is already being felt across the nation.
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Arts organisations across the country are in shock following the news that the Australian Council’s new six-year funding program has been suspended.

The six-year funding model had only been recently introduced following a review of existing funding structures and expansive consultation with the sector, and was designed to streamline and simplify previous funding programs.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station 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 Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 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.

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