We know that 84% of everyday Australians see arts and culture as having a positive impact on their lives (Australian Arts Council). More than half of Australian citizens said the arts had a ‘big’ or ‘very big’ impact on their happiness, wellbeing and mental health and that they rely on arts and culture to live whole and connected lives
But its not easy being a creative.
Only 1.2% of government expenditure goes into the creative sector funding, with this figure declining 18.9% since 2007 (OECD Australia).
Arts and cultural business are increasingly lacking, with over 50% of cultural business ceasing to operate as of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and lack of support.
A Macquarie University report commissioned by the Australia Council concluded that 53% of artists’ time is spent in non-arts related work.
The Australian Centre for Future Work report, Creativity in Crisis, found that as of February 2021, around 45% of employees in arts services were working in precarious employment positions (freelance, casual roles or contracted).