ABOLISH THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL - QUESTION MARK

By Derek Strahan BA Cantab (Modern Languages, French & Spanish)
   
 

Part 7 - A SUMMING UP - A PLAGUE OF GURUCRATS

A SUMMING UP

Abolish the Australia Council, question mark. The Australia Council is the Federal Government's Arts Advisory Body. The Government will always need a body of some kind to act at arm's length from government, and to make decisions about how taxpayer's money is spent in supporting the arts. Is the Australia Council the right kind of body? Has it become too large, too expensive and too self-serving?

What other kind of body, with what functions could replace it? Or what other mechanisms could be devised to empower members of the public to support artists of their own choice, without having to depend upon funding bodies or committees to make decisions on their behalf?

Can the basis of funding be widened? Is the very existence of the Australia Council an obstacle to such a widening? Or worse, is the existence of the Australia Council an obstacle to even discussing such a possibility? Would the Australia Council accept such a widening, or would it resist the possibility, as a threat to its existence? Just a reminder of the agenda being discussed here:

TO ENDOW THE INDIVIDUAL CREATIVE ARTIST WITH AUTONOMY

In discussions on this topic, I venture to suggest it would be helpful to avoid discussions about what kind of art should be allowed. Debate on this topic is an irrelevant tangent. This is not the context in which to discuss what kind of art should be created. If the artist truly has autonomy, then the kind of art which is created is a matter entirely for the artist who creates it.

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Part 1 - Biography
Part 1 - Preamble
Part 2 - Agenda
Part 2 - Arts Organisations - History
Part 3 - Rise of the Committee
Part 4 - Radical Proposition
1. Direct support?
2. Funding?
3. Funding bodies?
4. Bureaucrats?
5. Not empowered.
6 Statistics!
Part 5 - Loose Ends
The Medici Program
Part 6 - No Reasons
Part 7 - Summing Up
Part 8 - Composers earning money
J.S. Bach
Josef Haydn
Beethoven
Wagner
 
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SEE ALSO
“THE ECONOMIC DISEMPOWERMENT OF AUSTRALIAN COMPOSERS”
“COPYRIGHT REFORM”
“ACADEMICS AS TERRITORIAL MAMMALS”
"MUSIC AS AN INDUSTRY "
 
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