First Nations Roundtables: Roundtable 4
Topic: Industry Panel
Date: Thursday, 9 April 2020
This week's webinar included a panel of representatives from MEEA, the Copyright Agency and Screen Australia.
- Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin: Deputy Chair, Australia Council for the Arts
- Jason Eades: Chief Executive Officer at Welcome to Country Limited
- Elaine Crombie: MEAA - First Nations, First Peoples Organiser
- Stephanie Parkin: Indigenous Engagement Manager, Copyright Agency
- Penny Smallacombe: Head of Indigenous, Screen Australia
About the series
The Australia Council for the Arts is hosting a series of First Nations' Roundtables for arts and creative independents, and organisations, to discuss the current situation that affects us all in relation to COVID-19.
Watch the webinar recording
Please contact Michael Hutchings directly if you require further information.
Phone: Michael Hutchings, Project Manager First Nations 0490 299 493
Penny Smallacombe: Head of Indigenous, Screen Australia
Penny is a Member of the Maramanindji people, from the Northern Territory. She has completed a cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has a 6Masters of Arts (Documentary Producing) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney. At AFTRS, Penny produced two documentaries -Roger andA Change of Heart. A Change of Heartwas nominated for a Dendy Award and played at several International film festivals including IDFA. Penny worked in the Indigenous Programs Unit at the ABC, where she produced and directed for series 6 and 7 of Message Sticksand ABC’s highly successful Yarning Upseries 1 and 2 and was a part of the Screen Australia Indigenous Department’s Producers Initiative in 2011 and before beginning her role at Screen Australia, Penny was working as a Senior Programmer for NITV.
Elaine Crombie: MEAA - First Nations, First Peoples Organiser
Elaineis an actor, director, producer, singer, songwriter, standup comedian and writer, and a staunch MEAA member who has appeared in multiple plays, TV series and films.Elaine has performed in stage productions across the country and around the world.
Stephanie Parkin: Indigenous Engagement Manager Copyright Agency Limited
Stephanie is from the Quandamooka people of North Stradbroke Island. With a background in IP law, Stephanie is a director of the Indigenous Art Code and currently working part time at the Copyright Agency Limited.
Impacts of COVID-19 on First Nations arts and culture: Download the paper
This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs, concerns and potentially catastrophic impacts for First Nations arts and culture in light of COVID-19. This includes potential for the most significant loss of arts, culture and language since the arrival of the First Fleet. Drawing on research and sector intelligence, the paper highlights opportunities for First Nations arts specific support and cross-portfolio advocacy and engagement.
JobKeeper and the cultural and creative industries
This paper outlines the immediate and longer term needs of the cultural and creative industries pertaining to the JobKeeper program. While JobKeeper will have a significant benefit, in its current form it will not support a large proportion of the creative workforce. This is due to the specific nature of the cultural and creative industries which are characterised by extremely high levels of casualisation and freelancing. Support for these small businesses, sole traders and our creative economy is vital. Our sector will be essential in helping to rebuild communities and navigate Australia’s path out of the crisis.