With the Australia Council’s Four Year Funding for Organisations announcement due on 30-31 March, the nation’s publicly-funded arts sector is bracing for impact. Expectation management has been clear: the sector should expect a lower success rate with fewer organisations funded, and given the 2016 outcome, the impacts will have far-reaching consequences given the complex interconnectedness of the arts ecology.

However, the Australia Council’s investments cast just one set of strengthening tendrils across that ecology. Local, state and federal governments, as well as philanthropy, each play a vital role. But why are those investments important? How is public investment in core operations vital to a thriving arts industry? Let’s take a deeper look…

>>> Read on at NAVA’s Arts Agenda


IMAGE: Lucas Ihlein, “The Audit Itself (so far)”, created as part of “Environmental Audit”, MCA, 2010. Chalk drawing.