Federal Budget thoughts in brief
The Federal Budget threw quite the spanner in the works for the Australia Council when it was released, with the announcement that $105m is being redirected from the Australia Council’s appropriation to the Ministry for the Arts to establish the ‘National Programme for Excellence in the Arts’. Since we’re not quite sure of the specifics of how the funding process will roll out through the Ministry for the Arts, at this stage we don’t really know how this will impact the local music community.
We are, however, disappointed that the June grants round was cancelled at such short notice. This puts us, and a number of other organisations and individuals, in a sticky position as we had submissions in this round. For WAM in particular, the September round is too late for the current funding request to be useful.
Watch this space…