The winners! The losers! The cheering! The booing! The analysis! Is there a more exciting event in our domestic political calendar than budget night?*
Once you’ve stripped back all the glitz and glamour, though, it can be tricky to navigate your way beyond the headlines and determine how exactly different sectors will be impacted. Sectors like the arts, for example.
The arts have traditionally not featured heavily in post-budget press articles. Following the 2014-15 Federal budget release, however, a number of journalists in online, broadcast and print media lent their pens, keyboards, voices and faces to analysing what’s in store for the arts in Australia over the next four years.
Here is a list of some we’ve found at Regional Arts Victoria ($ = this post is behind a paywall). You can also read the budget papers for yourself – the arts feature as part of the Attorney-General’s Expense Measures.
- Federal budget 2014: arts and culture experts react – The Conversation (various authors)
- Can philanthropy pick up the Federal arts budget slack? – Arts Hub (Troy Nankervis)
- Arts funding cuts of $110m ‘devastating’ – The Australian (Matthew Westwood)
- Budget Cuts Hit Artists Who Can Least Afford It – Crikey Daily Review (Raymond Gill)
- The budget, the arts and the limits of marketplace thinking – The Conversation (Peter Tregear)
- Federal arts budget: $87m to be cut over 4 years –Books and Arts Daily, Radio National, ABC (various contributors)
- On the bright side of budget split ($) – The Australian (Matthew Westwood)
- Arts cuts: Abbott Government takes us backwards ($) – Arts Hub (Ben Eltham)
- What do the Federal Budget Cuts mean for Smaller Arts Companies? – Weekend Arts, Radio National, ABC (Melanie Tate in discussion with Rosie Dennis)
- Cuts of more than $100 million to the arts could be “devastating” – Sydney Morning Herald (Andrew Taylor)
- #Budget2014 and the arts – Meanjin (Esther Anatolitis, Director, Regional Arts Victoria)
If you know of any other tools or articles, please do post them in the comments section below.
* Yes, probably.