Creativity is back in fashion Canberra

Creativity is back in fashion Canberra

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The new Labor government in Canberra is increasing funding for creativity with a national culture policy, called Revive.

Revive, with $286 million in funding over four years, will include quotas for content on streaming services operating in Australia.

An Australian poet laureate will be named and the Australia Council, to become Creative Australia, will have funding restored to pre-coalition government levels.

And establish four main arms:

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 Center for Arts and Entertainment Workplaces to ensure creative workers are paid fairly and have safe workplaces free from harassment and discrimination

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese: “After a decade of neglect and funding cuts, today we begin a new chapter in Australia’s arts and culture sector.

“Our new cultural policy Revive will provide the support Australian artists need to thrive and grow.

“I’m excited about the potential it will unleash, and to see our extraordinary and diverse Australian stories continue to be told with originality, wit, creativity and flair.

“It builds on the proud legacy of previous Labor governments that recognized the importance of arts and culture to Australia’s identity, social unity and economic prosperity.”

Arts Minister Tony Burke: “Under Revive there will be a place for every story and a story for every place. It is a comprehensive roadmap for Australia’s arts and culture that touches all areas of government, from cultural diplomacy in foreign affairs to health and education.

“Our artists are creators and workers. This sector is vital to our culture and to our economy. As the sector recovers from years of neglect followed by the difficult pandemic period, Revive will set the arts sector on a new course with new momentum.”

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