‘If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now’: an open letter from Australia’s arts industry

Over 100 arts groups issue clarion call to minister Paul Fletcher for action over coronavirus hit to industry.

We celebrate the federal arts minister, Paul Fletcher’s, enthusiasm in the opinion piece published by the Guardian on Thursday, and share his excitement for the day when Australia’s cultural life can resume.

But to make sure that our creative industry survives to greet us on that day, urgent action is required.

We welcome the $27m in targeted measures already announced – they are a helpful start for some of the most vulnerable. We are running out of time, however, to address Australia’s $111.7bn creative industry comprehensively.

The industry has been clear and united in outlining the gaps that exclude the people who Australians rely on to create our future…

When the entire nation is telling you the same thing, you know it’s time to act…

>>> Read on at the Guardian

 

 

IMAGE: Guardian screenshot featuring image of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30-year celebration, Knowledge Ground, photographed by Daniel Boud