Arts funding

Discussion paper

15 Oct 2018

Funding support for the Major Performing Arts companies (MPA companies) is provided by the Australian and state governments under the MPA Framework. This paper proposes a range of features to strengthen those arrangements, which will provide an opportunity to create an enhanced framework that is...


4 Oct 2018

Developed in consultation with the Pacific Arts community, this strategy sets out Creative New Zealand's priorities for investment in the development of Pacific Arts over the next five years.

Audio interview

1 Oct 2018

How do we decide the value of art? And who is best equipped to do so?


21 Aug 2018

When did culture become a number? When did the books, paintings, poems, plays, songs, films, games, art installations, clothes, and all the myriad objects that fill our lives and which we consider cultural, become a matter of statistical measurement?

Blog post

Exploring the benefits and challenges in matched crowdfunding
6 Aug 2018

In 2016 Nesta launched the Arts and Heritage Matched Crowdfunding Pilot, to explore the potential of mixing crowdfunding donations with grant funding. The pilot saw arts and heritage initiatives raising money for a diverse range of projects; from plays and art exhibitions, to launching new...


13 Nov 2017

This report highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by professional artists in Australia.


13 Nov 2017

In this companion report, the Australia Council has placed the key survey findingsalongside other literature and analysis to highlight and contextualise emerging trends,and to discuss what they mean for Australian artists into the future.


12 Oct 2017

This study examines the impact of matched crowdfunding as a new means of getting ideas and projects off the ground, through analysis of a £251,500 matched crowdfunding pilot for arts and heritage projects.


1 Mar 2016

This is an agenda for the future of Australian making, produced by the National Craft Initiative over a three-year period of engagement with the professional craft and design community.


17 Jul 2015

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts,...


2 Jul 2015

The National Program for Excellence in the Arts announced in the 2015-16 Budget will commence in early 2015-16. The draft guidelines for the Program have been released for public comment. Feedback is invited from the arts sector and broader community.




4 Nov 2013

Last year the Australian Bureau of Statistics did the maths – government spends about A$7 billion annually in Australia on arts and culture. The exact dollar figure varies depending on what we count, but it includes heritage, broadcasting and botanical gardens, along with all the...


23 Aug 2013

Using econometric modelling Kate MacNeill, Jenny Lye and Paul Caulfield examine the relationships between Australian federal government arts expenditure and the political persuasion of the government and government reviews of the arts and cultural sector. Their research adds to a number of international studies that...


A new programme – a new cultural policy as well?
10 Jul 2013

This study provides an overview of central changes in European Commission cultural support beginning in 2014 and presents criticisms put forth by civil-society stakeholders and members of the public.


10 Aug 2009

The degree of independence that governments afford arts support is a universal concern. Debate has often centred on the choice between arts council or ministry, but such a dichotomy enormously oversimplifies the issues, particularly as so many countries have a mixture of the two institutional...

Briefing paper

22 May 2009

This paper provies an overview of Commonwealth arts policy and administrative developments from Federation to the present day. It covers:


From Deakin to McMahon

The Whitlam Government

The Fraser Government

The Hawke Government

The Keating Government



14 Dec 2007

This is the twelfth in a series of cultural funding reports produced for the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group. The publication presents information about cultural funding by each level of government which has been classified into two major groups: Heritage; and the Arts....


1 Jul 1999

The "Major Permorming Arts Inquiry" conducted by Helen Nugent (known as the Nugent report) reviewed 31 major performing arts organisations and arose out of a perceived crisis in the sector due to the adverse impacts of globalisation, technological change and demographic shifts on their viability...



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