Senator the Hon. George Brandis S.C.
Minister for the Arts and Sport
Former Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate archived website
Minister for the Arts and Sport from 23 November 2001 to 30 January 2007
8 May 2007
The Australian Government has committed additional funding of $19.5 million over four years for Australia’s small to medium performing arts companies, constituting an annual increase in overall funding of more than 60 per cent.
“Australia’s small-to-medium performing arts companies create much of our new artwork and activity, and the increased funding will ensure the ongoing sustainability of this burgeoning sector,” the Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator George Brandis said today.
“This funding will further strengthen the sector and ensure that there is a variety of new and entertaining works and performances available for Australians to enjoy across the country for many years to come.”
A number of investigations in recent years showed that while small to medium organisations are managing their resources more effectively and increasing their income, their costs have also increased markedly.
The increased funding will underpin a significant increase in new work and community activities including skills development and training for artists and in community education and access programmes.
This additional funding for small-to-medium performing arts companies will be included as an indexed and ongoing increase of $4.8 million per annum to the base funding of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s main arts funding body.
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Funding increase for Australia’s small to medium performing arts companies
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