When the Turnbull government announced its attack on the Australia Council in May 2015 the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said last July: “On our estimation that means that about 18 months of Australia Council funding is out of the system. So while these cuts are starting to hurt now the impact won’t really start to roll through for another 18 months to two years.”
The small to medium arts organisations were hardest hit by the cuts introduced by the former arts minister George Brandis which has left other organisations and funding bodies to take up the slack left by the Turnbull government which has been returned to government since the July 2 election.
“Independent arts organisations are a driving force of our creative industries,” Foley said. “They have incredible reach and impact, providing creative opportunities across the state and showcasing Victorian talent around the globe.”
The Victorian Government had earlier announced a $113 million increase in funding over the next four years to help that sector and today announced that some regional festivals and indigenous arts companies would now get increased support in the 2017-2020 round of that previously announced Creative Victoria’s Organisations Investment Program.
The organisations include:
Shepparton’s indigenous art organisation Gallery Kaiela
Indigenous opera company Short Black Opera
Newport’s multi-arts venue The Substation
Multicultural youth arts organisation Outer Urban Projects
The Museum Of Australian Democracy at Eureka in Ballarat (pictured above)
Applications for funding were assessed by eight independent panels of experts across the visual and performing arts, theatre, literature, festivals, dance, music, community cultural development and heritage, based on artistic merit, quality of services and contribution, and organisational capacity.
“Priority was given to supporting more vulnerable organisations that are delivering strong creative or cultural outcomes: more than 20 per cent of organisations are regionally based, 10 per cent are indigenous and 10 per cent are dedicated to working with young people,” the government said.