These are extraordinary times; COVID-19 has brought about necessary bans on public gatherings resulting in thousands of cancelled performances for people across the country - and along with that, the loss of thousands of jobs.
It is a difficult time to find good news, however we want to
congratulate the performing arts organisations that will receive ongoing
base funding for the first time and acknowledge their achievements and
the contribution they make to Australian artists and audiences.
As an interconnected industry, it is also important to highlight the
many organisations that have not secured this investment, and which may
be lost, along with the value that they create for our communities. The
decision making around this would have been extremely difficult for
those involved and devastating for those affected, and we acknowledge
the work of the Australia Council in providing an additional one year of
support for companies that were not invited into the final round.
The COVID-19 crisis has placed many well-known companies in many
industries at risk. For non-profit cultural organisations, financial
sustainability is always precarious. As we seek creative solutions to
weather the pandemic, we urge our State and Federal Governments to
remember that it is the arts and culture that will help entertain and
connect Australians during the shut-down, and also that will help to
re-build, educate and inspire our people once normal life resumes.
Public investment in culture is crucial to deliver value to the
community by creating and delivering personal well-being, social
connection, innovation, employment and education.
Statement issued by Confederation of State Theatre Companies:
• Queensland Theatre
• Sydney Theatre Company
• Belvoir Street Theatre
• Bell Shakespeare
• Melbourne Theatre Company
• Malthouse Theatre
• State Theatre Company South Australia
• Black Swan State Theatre Company