The Federal Government has recently announced changes to arts funding – reversing a decision to remove $104 million from the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.
In 2015, Volunteering Tasmania joined a number of arts and cultural groups to raise concern about the cuts to the Australia Council. Our concerns highlighted the impact on small to medium sized arts organisations – many of whom are reliant on volunteers. The multiyear funding offered by the Australia Council would have been felt most significantly by these groups.
We know that their contribution is vital to the continuation of many of our much loved festivals and events.
We hope these funding changes will continue to allow the Australia Council to focus on supporting these activities and continue to allow the social and cultural events in our community to flourish.
Volunteering Tasmania sent a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts, which you can read on our website here.
You can read the full article from Pro Bono Australia here: Arts Sector cautiously optimistic about new funding arrangement