On Thursday 18 June representatives from across the arts and cultural sector gathered in Parliament House, Canberra to communicate their concerns about the new National Programme for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA).
Delegates presented five key statements:
1. Arts funding arrangements should be decided on within the context of evidence based policy, devised through broad and thorough consultation and research.
2. We support the Australia Council as an independent arms length statutory body free from political influence.
3. We reject the establishment of the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts and its narrow concept of ‘excellence’.
4. We assert the great social and public value of the arts which influences and engages people across all layers of society.
5. The proposed disruption to the current funding model will have a profound and long-lasting effect on the arts as an integrated and inter-connected and culturally diverse industry.
Read the full media release here.
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