More good news for the Arts community with Federal MP for Blair, Shayne Neumann announcing the government’s new National Cultural Policy, ‘Revive’.
Mr Neumann said ‘Revive’ will set the course for Australia’s arts, entertainment and cultural sector for the next five years.
‘Revive’ will empower our talented artists and arts organisations to thrive and grow –unlocking new opportunities, reaching new audiences and telling stories in compelling new ways.
It will bring drive, direction and vision back to the $17 billion industry which employs an estimated 400,000 Australians.
Backed by $286 million in dedicated funding over four years, ‘Revive’s’ centrepiece is the establishment of Creative Australia.
Creative Australia will be the Government’s new principal arts investment and advisory body.
Funding decisions will be made on the basis of artistic merit and at arm’s length from government.
Within Creative Australia four new bodies will be established:
- A new First Nations-led body that will give First Nations people autonomy over decisions and investments.
- Music Australia, a dedicated new body to support and invest in the Australian contemporary music industry.
- Writers Australia, to support writers and illustrators to create new works
- A new Centre for Arts and Entertainment Workplaces to ensure creative workers are paid fairly and have safe workplaces free from harassment and discrimination.
Revive also commits the Government to regulating Australian content on streaming platforms, improving lending rights and incomes for Australian writers, increased funding for regional art, and several other measures.
“Revive will also help us showcase artworks and stories from our region to the rest of Australia,” Mr Neumann said.