LPA submission to Senate Inquiry into Impact of 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts

LPA submission to Senate Inquiry into Impact of 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has made its submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts. The following summarises LPA’s position and recommendations.

Position summary

  1. LPA was disappointed to see no new funding for Australia’s arts and cultural sector in the 2015-16 Federal Budget. While we strongly support the broadening of arts funding available and the establishment of the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA), we believe that the reallocation of funds taken from the Australia Council and appropriated to the Ministry for the Arts significantly undermines delivery of the Australia Council’s 2014-19 Strategic Plan, endorsed and launched by the Minister for the Arts in August 2014.
     
  2. Based on consistent feedback from our small-medium company Members and statements made by the Australia Council, it is clear that these new funding arrangements will have significant negative impacts on the small-medium sector. Specifically, reducing organisational funding support will have adverse consequences on the capacity-building capability of small-medium companies. This has major negative flow-on effects that will impact Australia’s broader live performance industry both in the short and long term.
     
  3. LPA supports the extension of arts funding to a broader range of companies through the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA), and the opportunity it presents to provide funding support for new and innovative arts projects. However, we note that in the absence of a national cultural policy or creative industries framework there is no clear understanding of how the funding programs of the Australia Council and Ministry for the Arts will complement each other to meet their combined strategic aims.
     
  4. LPA will provide detailed and specific feedback to the Ministry for the Arts in regard to the Draft Guidelines for the NPEA, which we believe require greater rigour, clarity and transparency if it is to fairly and effectively support Australia’s arts industry. LPA will provide Members with this submission in full following the close of the consultation period on 31 July.

Recommendations

  1. As a matter of urgency, addresses how it is going to ensure that the operational capacity of Australia’s small-medium arts sector is supported in the short and long term.
     
  2. Develops a national creative industries plan that clearly states strategic priorities and measurable goals including delivering arts excellence. The framework should clearly articulate how the funding objectives of the NPEA and the Australia Council complement each other.

LPA would like to thank those Members that provided feedback into this submission. LPA awaits the findings of the Senate Inquiry, which are due for public release on Tuesday 15 September and will advise Members accordingly on any further developments following this date.