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Performers find all the world wide web's a stage

AUSTRALIAN performing arts companies are falling behind their international peers when it comes to exploiting new digital technology.  Read More

Culture Council's Final Curtain

The body responsible for adopting the Nugent report -- which became the blueprint for performing arts reform that has ensured its financial health over the past decade -- is set to be scrapped.  Read More

A New Gateway to Touring

Following considerable industry wide input, the Performing Arts Touring Alliance [PATA - Australia], today launched the PATA website.  Read More

Cash-starved company the canary in the orchestral coalmine

Lack of funds may force Orchestra Victoria to close, with repercussions for opera and ballet

STRIKE down the band? Orchestra Victoria's management has lurched from crisis to crisis this year and now it is poised to crown its annus horribilis by posting yet another operating deficit that will come close to eroding its cash reserves completely.  Read More

Simon Crean - Minister for the Arts

On September 11, Julia Gillard announced her new ministry, and to Simon Crean’s surprise along with a whole new department to run he was asked to take on- the Arts.   Read More

AMPAG says the performing arts weathered the GFC Storm

THE arts have not suffered the dramatic loss of philanthropy and sponsorship revenue from the financial crisis many had feared, according to peak arts bodies.  Read More

Seems like the arts may finally be taken seriously.

SIMON Crean has impressed the sector with his enthusiasm for the role.   Read More

Serve the arts parties right

MICHAEL Kantor, the outgoing artistic director of the Malthouse Theatre, says that given the lamentable performance of politicians during this federal election campaign it's hard to single out the arts as a poorly served constituency. ''Because everything has been poorly served,'' says Kantor. But still, he says, it's hard not to feel hard done by given the piecemeal policies put forward by the major parties. ''None of them speak to a vision of how the arts are part of Australian culture.''  Read More

Parties gamble on creative fortunes

FOUR days before the election, the Coalition has finally released an arts policy, albeit in a foyer of Jupiter's Casino on the Gold Coast.  Read More

Apart from the photo ops, arts barely register

Before the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney turned the first sod for its long-awaited $53 million building project last Wednesday, organisers were swamped with invitation acceptances -- not from media clamouring to report the moment but from politicians.  Read More