Arts Funding Plan

The ACT Government is committed to developing an ACT Arts Funding Plan.

A strong arts sector is essential to the cultural, social and economic fabric of the ACT. The arts improve and strengthen our community and play a key role in creating a vibrant, culturally rich and diverse city. The ACT has a broad, committed and diverse arts sector with many opportunities for the community to participate in the arts.

The ACT Arts Funding Plan (the Plan) will define ACT Government support for the arts available through Cultural Canberra, a division of Enterprise Canberra in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate. The Plan will:

  • outline the goals and objectives of funding and support, consistent with the 2015 ACT Arts Policy;
  • present new and renewed support mechanisms, providing greater flexibility in accessing funding and simplifying funding processes; and
  • summarise the purpose of funding categories and other assistance, and how these contribute to support ACT artists at all stages of their careers and facilitate development of the sector as a whole.

The Plan will clarify processes for the delivery of arts and community outcomes based on the four principles of the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, which are:

  1. Participation in and access to the arts;
  2. Great art and great artists;
  3. Vitality of the Canberra Region arts ecology; and
  4. Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures.
Consultation

The Plan’s development is being informed by significant community consultation, including consultation undertaken during the development of the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, which involved an independent Reference Group, community forums, sector workshops and stakeholder meetings. In addition to this, more than 300 individuals and representative organisations contributed through written submissions and an online survey. Further consultation has included the ‘Making CBRarts Happen’ and ‘Creative Spaces, Creative Places’ forums in 2016, and comments provided by individuals artists and arts organisations in feedback sessions and through reporting documents.

Key themes that have emerged include:

  • funding categories and processes should be clear and transparent;
  • funding programs should be flexible and responsive;
  • budget and funding processes should be clearly communicated;
  • improved and ongoing communication with the arts sector is needed and valued;
  • career pathways are a key factor for artists at all stages of their practice;
  • professional development opportunities are required to support artists and arts workers;
  • funding applications and processes should support those who experience barriers;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture should be recognised and supported; and
  • research and data capability would be valued.
CBRarts Forum: Making CBRarts Happen

In March 2016, artsACT hosted a discussion forum between Government, organisations and individuals around the direct and indirect funding support available to the Canberra arts sector.

A panel of local and national experts discussed the future of arts funding. It was facilitated by cultural strategist Cathy Hunt, and included Marie-Louise Carroll, ACT-NSW State Director, Creative Partnerships Australia; Frank Panucci, Executive Director of Grants, Australia Council for the Arts; and Adam Stankevicius, Arts and Events, ACT Government.

Discussions ranged from a consideration of priorities, to what is working and ideas for improvements, and identifying gaps in support. This discussion has helped inform development of an Arts Funding Plan.

The forum program provides an overview and discussion agenda. Follow this link for a summary report of the forum and discussions.

Continuing the conversation

You can follow the conversation about the development of the ACT Arts Funding Plan by subscribing to artsACT eNews, using the hashtag #CBRartshappen on Twitter, or checking for updates on this website. We welcome your emails, mail, tweets, or requests to meet to put forward your views.