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The survey was conducted by Paul Crosby, David Throsby and Jan Zwar from Macquarie University and supported by funding from the Australia Council and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.It examines how authors have fared and responded to industry changes since the previous survey in 2015, including changes brought about by COVID-19, and shows that despite a modest increase, authors still struggle to earn an income from writing that comes close to earnings for other professions. More information is available on the Australia Council website, including the Australia Council summary and full report.
Victoria’s music industry is committing to a greener future with the release of Sound Country: A Green Artist Guide. Produced by Green Music Australia, with the support of Creative Victoria, the guide offers practical tips for everything from energy use, tours and transport, to merchandise, packaging and waste.
As part of the Governments commitment towards healing and reconciliation, six ancestors have been returned to Australia from the State Ethonographic Collections of Saxony in Germany. Over 155 ancestors have now been returned from Germany to Australia, with ongoing discussions for future returns continuing.
Creative practitioners, organisations and communities across Victoria will have access to upgraded spaces to create and present their work, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Program. Grants totalling over $1 million have been awarded to 11 projects – from workshops to collaborative spaces to mobile studios – supporting creatives to do their best work.
The Victorian Government is backing creative businesses and professionals to thrive in fashion, art, music, and performance through a $6.7 million investment, including almost $2 million to First Peoples creatives, businesses and projects. This announcement builds on a record investment of more than $10 million in First Peoples creative organisations, events, artists and initiatives in Victoria in 2021-22, and supports the Government’s Creative State 25 strategy which is underpinned by a First Peoples first principle to boost opportunities for First Peoples across Victoria’s creative industries.
A comprehensive toolkit providing best practice guidance for public art is now available. Designed for government agencies and local councils commissioning public art, the Public Art Toolkit outlines best practice in policy, commissioning, construction, and engagement with artists.