The Arts & Heritage Sectors – The Arts Party
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Supporting Australian Arts & Heritage Sectors

The Issue

The current position of investment in the Arts, Cultural and Heritage sectors of Australia is completely untenable. We want a profound shift in their treatment. It is a critical part of the innovative future we must foster to be competitive. Opportunity, Accessibility, Participation and Engagement in Arts and Culture must be prioritised by our governments for the benefit of all Australians.

The Solution?

  • The full return of Australia Council funding removed from the 2014 and 2015 budgets
  • Additionally we want a TRIPLING of the actual budget distributed through grants to artists and small/medium sized organisations across Australia. This would equate to $124m in additional annual funding.
  • AMPAG ring-fenced funding to remain at current levels but be distributed by the Ministry of Arts directly.
  • The immediate suspension of efficiency dividends on all national cultural institutions, The Australia Council and the Ministry for the Arts for at least the next 5 years.
  • We want all distributed arts grants to no longer be liable for income tax for the individuals receiving them. The revenue generated by the ATO through this, balanced with the loss of time and value to the grant, make it inefficient and unneeded.
  • The Arts are central to a rounded education. Education is critical to the future prosperity and success of this country. Therefore we want the inclusion of the arts in the Government’s innovation and STEM agendas, and for music, visual and media art to become mandatory in primary schools.
  • We also want Australian state secondary schools to offer access to the three subjects mentioned above, as well as drama and dance; to be taught at least once a week by a trained teacher.
  • The creation of a National Arts Week, a 7 day opportunity to highlight, celebrate, participate in and experience the Arts in every form, by as many Australians as possible across the country.
  • Free entry to all government funded museums and galleries up to the age of 21 and over the age of 65.
  • The placement of artists-in-residence in primary and secondary schools across the country, through expanding the existing chaplains program, to integrate creative practice in our communities and offer educational value.

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