If you are in the Byron Shire and want to know who we’d recommend you vote for in the upcoming NSW Local Elections… we introduce: Mark Swivel Team:So Dustyesky perform in Lismore tonight while the whole arts world is in tumult with events and gigs cancelling and lives on a knife edge. What do we need? Well here’s what I think …
Massive investment in the livelihoods of our legions of artists and techies is what we need. Why? For the well-being of our country, our people and kids. For now and the long term.
We need to always remember the pre Covid (perennial) fragility of our creative industries - a few incredible successes mask the struggles of most.
Investment in the arts should be done for all of us. Covid has wrought habitat destruction on the arts. For creatives and techies, for festivals and tiny venues. Everyone!
Step 1 - keep people and families and arts companies afloat with direct Artskeeper stimulus payments (at original JobKeeper levels).
Step 2 - provide project funding for Covid safe art projects (rethinking festivals, going online, investing in film and tv - to balance the Netflix monoculture) and invest in production by ABC and SBS.
Step 3 - rejig the fiscal system to incentivise private investment, and reduce and simplify tax for artists.
Investment in the arts and artists - to preserve livelihoods and do it knowing the positive economic impact it will have - and that it is affordable at low interest rates for government debt and will repay the government in reduced spend on other services from mental health to housing to the dole.
And council should do whatever it can to push the artists politically at state and federal level and find some spare cash (in hollow longs) to help our artists in a time of true need.
But - and this is the key - do it because of the benefit the arts will bring to our well being, our spirits, our connection to each other, all sorely tested by the pandemic.
That is the ‘why’ of investing in the arts. Mark Swivel Team. ... See MoreSee Less
Great type of hangover
Well we'll have to figure out a word or term for when you're approaching the end of something wonderful (can be non fiction lol) but you don't want it to finish, so you slow down with the reading of it 😂 That's what happened with People of the River by historian Grace Karskens, about the Hawkesbury River.
…..so true,reality never seems the same then 💚
'Flinders' (Rob Rundle) kept me thinking about it.
Why reconnect with reality?!
Oh yes! I so understand this.
Yes! Eliska Robenn
What do you think needs to be done for the arts and entertainment industry to bounce back? Let us know your thoughts on this report in our survey now: meaa.link/creativity-in-crisis-survey
The arts and entertainment industry is one of Australia’s most jobs rich and economically significant sectors but without sustained government investment and dynamic leadership, it will struggle to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: www.meaa.org/news/arts-need-sustained-leadership-and-funding-to-emerge-from-the-pandemic/
#letsgetcreative ... See MoreSee Less
Oh dear. But the pollies don’t get kick backs from the arts!
What if we turned every occupation into an art form? Just a thought!
CALLOUT FOR WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS:
The The Creative Co-Operative is publishing a book that is to be written, illustrated and edited entirely by Women of Colour!!! 📙
They are seeking stories from Women of Colour writers (15) and illustrators (15) living in Victoria. Whether you're an emerging or established storyteller or illustrator, they want to hear from you! All successful applicants will be paid $400 for their work 🚀 Applications close 8 August 2021.
Check out this link for more details: storiesofintersections.com.au/ ... See MoreSee Less
Ballet-piano or Bella Piano
Linnae Cooper 😲
The Arts, helping others, again.
The Arts, doing it without much money, again.
The Arts, being undervalued and under-supported by the government, again.
… Play Your Part!
‘Arts organisations and the community sector – two sectors among the hardest hit by the pandemic – have stepped into the “vacuum” left by Australia’s government when it comes to vaccine messaging, releasing their own public service announcements encouraging Australians to get vaccinated.
This week two new ads were released: one by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with the Melbourne Theatre Company and artists from the Australian Ballet; the other from the Victorian Council of Social Services. They’re the latest non-government PSAs after Channel Nine’s effort sparked controversy last month.
A screen grab from the Australian federal government’s Covid-19 campaign showing a young woman in a hospital bed gasping for air
Australian ad showing Covid patient gasping for air ‘could increase vaccine hesitancy’
Both ads were made within weeks on a minimal budget, have been translated into multiple languages, and have been widely shared on social media. With hundreds of thousands of views, they’ve been received favourably compared with the government campaign, which has been criticised by marketing experts and is more reliant on scare tactics.
The Victorian arts industry’s campaign features performers including Virginia Gay, Tim Minchin and Deborah Cheetham urging audiences to “play their part” and get vaccinated.’ ... See MoreSee Less
The Arts Industry just keeps suffering 🥲In light of increased COVID-19 restrictions across South Australia, State Theatre Company South Australia has made the difficult decision to cancel performances of THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEVING from Wednesday 28 July to Saturday 31 July.
Ticket holders for cancelled performances will be issued a full refund through BASS.
We are saddened to make this announcement, but the safety of our cast, crew and audiences is our priority.
We will await government updates over the next seven days to determine the next steps for the season. In the meantime, we sincerely thank our audience members and community for your patience and support and hope to gather safely in the theatre again soon.
Visit our website for more info: statetheatrecompany.com.au/shows/the-7-stages-of-grieving/#cancellations
Image description: graphic for The 7 Stages of Grieving featuring the text "Ticket Holder Update: The 7 Stages of Grieving" in white text. ... See MoreSee Less