AMPAG response to the 2016/2017 Federal Budget

The 3 May 2016 Budget outlined the Federal Government’s plan to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial activities in a bid to transition Australia to a modern economy but remained silent on the role of the arts.

AMPAG response to the 2016/2017 Federal Budget

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With the sudden changes to arts funding arrangements in the 2015-16 budget and the uncertainty and instability that followed, it is disappointing to see that the Government has not taken the opportunity to address the ongoing concerns of the sector.

Executive Director of AMPAG, Bethwyn Serow, commented, “Stable investment in the arts is vital as it enables robust partnerships and forward planning that can generate better long term outcomes. Last year’s budget and the MYEFO cuts have meant the remaining funds are stretched and the Australia Council’s capacity to provide the investment that ensures stability for small to medium arts organisations is diminished”.

She noted that the Australia Council's critical multiyear funding decisions will be announced later this month and that AMPAG is extremely concerned that key performing arts companies will be significantly affected.

The performing arts are powered by creativity both in employment and in engagement. The arts sector helps make our cities and towns vibrant and enriches people’s lives and it is at the forefront of creative practice and the development of innovative workplaces.

AMPAG welcomes the Government’s ongoing investment in our major performing arts companies and the maintenance of funding for Creative Partnerships Australia. This commitment supports the companies’ sustainability, employment pathways and audience development while strengthening philanthropic investment and other private support for the arts.

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