The Australia Council welcomes the return of funding
announced today by the Minister for the Arts.
Australia Council Chief Executive Tony Grybowski said the return
of $8 million per annum would partially address the $31.4 million impact of
the 2015-16 budget measures, the majority of which affected the Council’s peer
assessed grants program and strategic projects.
“I am pleased this will enable us to increase investment in
the two core grant rounds for 2015-16, providing project support for
individuals, groups and small to medium organisations to create and present
work, as well as a range of other arts activity. The flexibility of the
Council’s new grants model will allow us to immediately allocate funds. This
will have an immediate impact on the success rates in the current grant round,
with outcomes to be announced in early December, as well as the next grant
round which closes in February,” Mr Grybowski said.
“Following the May Budget announcements the Council had to
cancel two of our four core grant rounds for this year, with $12 million to be
invested through those rounds in contrast to the $26 million intended. The Council
is now able to increase that investment to $19 million for this year. In
addition, the Council will be in a position to deliver a small number of our
suspended activities by directing $1 million back into strategic projects.
This will benefit national and international market and audience development,
as well as strategic development support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
“In 2016-17 the Council will deliver three core grant rounds with an overall investment of approximately $18 million. We consider this to be the minimum viable level, compared to the planned $26 million intended through four rounds. Our new Four Year Funding Program for small to medium organisations will commence in January 2017, delivering a revised version of the Six Year Funding Program which was to begin in January 2016. This replaces the Key Organisation program which currently supports 147 organisations until it concludes in December 2016. Multi-year core program funding for this vital part of the arts sector is critical to sustainability and artistic vibrancy. Following today’s announcement the Council is able to invest approximately $22 million in the Four Year Funding program, which provides a level of stability..
Council is committed to delivering on the strategic goals in our approved
Corporate Plan. This Plan articulates our leadership role in fostering
a dynamic and sustainable national arts sector, and supporting new
opportunities for diverse audiences to experience Australia’s rich arts and
“In addition to our grants program, the Council’s strategic
goals will be realised through our national and international strategic
development activities, sector capacity building, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Arts development - acknowledging the budget for this work has been reduced by
half. This will be complemented by our advocacy activities which include an
enhanced research program and a focus on leveraging new investment in
Grybowski said the Council was committed to working collaboratively with the
Ministry for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia, to promote artistic
excellence and creative innovation, and in support of the Council’s vision for
a culturally ambitious nation.
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