The challenge for many is the sector is complex: not defined by one artform, one form of artistic expression or one mode of organisation. Not the least challenged is the Federal government.
COVID removed the audience and much of the income for the arts. Commonwealth support was not promised for 8 months, then
promises not kept, arts education deliberately damaged. The arts were resourceful but financial opportunities very limited.
The procedures for distribution of the Commonwealth’s financial rescue of the arts sector enable inexpert assessment of applications and funding for political advantage.
The Australian arts sector has had to withstand direct cuts and reductions since the Coalition parties came into government in 2013. In particular, the budget of 2014 saw a re-direction of Australia Council funding of $103.8 million from the Council