Federal Budget helps write the script for Australia’s emerging artists and storytellers

AAR-NIDA-Parade-Theatres-photo-by-Robert-KellyThe next generation of Australian artists, entertainers and storytellers will benefit from additional Federal Government support for our arts training organisations.

Australia produces some of the world’s most talented performers. But without proper skills and training they won’t be able to conquer the world stage.

“Artists are real workers with real careers. They make a substantial cultural and economic contribution to our country. They deserve a Government that backs them with world-class training organisations,” said Federal Arts Minister, Tony Burke.

“The previous Liberal National Government treated artists like they were hobbyists. They didn’t care about culture – they only cared about culture wars.

“They left our training organisations without adequate funding, putting jobs and programs at risk. This is yet another mess the Labor Government has been forced to clean up,” said Mr Burke.

The Government’s federal budget provides an additional $9 million in funding for the eight national training organisations for next financial year.

This additional money will see them through while the Government undertakes a review to help make decisions about sustainable long-term funding. The organisations will receive:

  • National Institute of Dramatic Art – $5,000,000
  • Australian National Academy of Music – $545,925
  • NAISDA Dance College – $957,025
  • National Institute of Circus Arts – $457,025
  • Australian Youth Orchestra – $412,575
  • Australian Ballet School – $352,450
  • Flying Fruit Fly Circus – $275,000
  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School – $500,000

The Government will also commence a sustainability review of the national arts training organisations, helping to inform investment and secure their long-term future.

As part of this year’s Budget, the Government is investing an additional $950 million over the next four years into the arts sector.

This record investment is safeguarding the future of Australia’s cherished national cultural institutions and delivering on the vision of our new national cultural policy, Revive.

Image: NIDA’s Parade Theatres – photo by Robert Kelly