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Budget 2012: Government building the future for arts and creativity

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The Hon Simon Crean MP

Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government Minister for the Arts

Tuesday, 8 May, 2012


Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced a funding boost of $64.1 million over four years to secure jobs in the arts, cultural heritage and creative industries and build the base for future growth in the arts.

“This new funding will bolster the significant cultural and economic benefits that flow from a vibrant arts and creative sector and further enhance Australia’s reputation as a cultural leader,” Mr Crean said.

“This investment will position Australia’s collecting institutions to contribute to the digital economy and respond to growing community demand for their services.”

Mr Crean said a funding boost of $39.3 million over four years for Australia’s pre-eminent national collecting institutions will expand their capacity to open up their collections for community, education and research uses, including in providing curriculum resources for the national school curriculum.

“Our collecting institutions are recognised internationally as some of the best and our Government is committed to the delivery of their programs and services to all Australians,” he said.

This funding will apply to the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Archives of Australia, the Bundanon Trust, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, and the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

The Budget also allows for the transition of the National Portrait Gallery to become an independent statutory authority from July 2013 to bring it into line with other major national cultural institutions. This will give the Gallery deserved recognition as an iconic national institution.

Mr Crean said there will also be new funding for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Australian War Memorial, reflecting the spread of the national cultural heritage collections across Government.

“We’re also working with the national collecting institutions in my portfolio to develop a new governance framework. This will ensure we’re meeting our objectives in delivering good services and experiences for all Australians, and harnessing opportunities presented by high speed broadband and new technologies,” he said.


The Government has committed to continuing funding for corporate and philanthropic support of the arts with the allocation of $3.2 million over two years ($1.6 million allocated in 2012-13) for the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) while it prepares a long term response to the Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts, which is still being finalised.

“This funding has been allocated to ensure the arts sector continues to be supported with programs and services that explore the full extent of private and philanthropic support of the arts,” Mr Crean said.

“To bring The Wolverine to Australia, our Government has already committed a one-off payment of $12.8 million which will trigger more than $80 million of investment in Australia, create more than 2000 jobs and reaffirm our nation’s status as one of the world’s best filming destinations.

“We will provide a further $1.5 million to support capital works for the creation of the Islamic Museum of Australia in the heart of Melbourne and $2 million to create the Antipodes Centre for Greek Culture, Heritage and Language in Melbourne.

An additional $1.6 million over four years will be provided to the Australian National Academy of Music for elite level brass training and percussion education.

Mr Crean said $3 million would be provided to boost contemporary music industry innovation and export - which will address skills development in songwriting, stage craft, audience development and communications, while building further the Sounds Australia program for music export.

Minister Crean also announced that Australia’s successful resale royalty scheme, which provides a five per cent payment to artists from the resale of their artwork, will be funded for two more years.

“As a key election commitment of the Australian Government, the resale royalty scheme has already generated over $650,000 in royalties from over 3500 resales of art by more than 390 artists,” he said.

“The Australian Government will provide $700,000 over two years for the collection and payment of royalties to visual artists as well as for a post-implementation review of the scheme. As the income from resales increases, it is anticipated the scheme will become self-sustaining.

“The 2012-13 Budget increases the capacity of artists, creative and cultural heritage industries to contribute to the Australian economy, support jobs in dynamic industries, and also increase access to Australia’s rich cultural expression and creative talent.”

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