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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

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

Arts attract private funds

WA arts companies have been securing more sponsorship funds and donations despite the financial downturn as escalating production costs outstrip government funding.  Read More

Arts donations still strong despite GFC

A recent survey suggests Australians were still willing to dig into their pockets to support the arts during the economic downturn. Carrie Fellner reports.  Read More

Arts organisations know how to win friends

Wealthy individuals have proven better friends to the arts than corporate Australia during the economic downturn, the latest instalment in the Australia Business Arts Foundation’s survey finds. The survey of 241 arts organizations shows that corporate sponsorship for the arts lagged donations from wealthy individuals in 2008-09 for the second year in a row.  Read More

Arts Sponsorship survives crisis

AUSTRALIA'S arts companies have hung on to their corporate and private sponsors during the lean times over the past two years, although individual donations appear to be shrinking.  Read More

Philanthropists ease downturn's pain

AUSTRALIAN arts companies have been buffeted but not blown away by the economic downturn if two new surveys on sponsorship and private giving are any guide.  Read More

Labor leaves arts sector crying poor

Joy at a change of government has turned to disillusionment at a perceived lack of support from the Rudd cabinet  Read More