Small to medium arts organisations biggest losers from funding cuts

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cuts to the Australia Council for the Artsl budget, have resulted in arts companies losing their funding, Over 60 small to medium arts organisations who previously relied on funding from the arts council have had their most recent grant applications rejected.

The council received a total of 262 applications from small to medium arts organisations for a 4-year funding program. It was announced on Friday that 128 of those organisations applications have been successful and they will receive a share of $28 million a year over a 4-year period beginning in 2017. Over 40 of the successful applications come from new organisations while the remaining will continue to receive funding.

The over 60 organisations that have not received any funding, will face financial difficulty and some will struggle to remain operational, as they rely on the funding to keep their doors open. With no funding available to some of these organisations which includes art galleries, dance companies and theatres there is major concerns from the industry, that there will be vast numbers of job losses and a creative and technical talent drain as people seek employment opportunities offshore.


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