Arts cham­ber pleads for funds

Wanneroo Times - - Wanneroo Link -

THE Cham­ber of Arts and Cul­ture WA has launched a six-week cam­paign to high­light the value of the cre­ative sec­tor.

The “Art Im­proves Lives” cam­paign wants to shine a spot­light on the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion the arts make to the lives of West Aus­tralians and lobby the Gov­ern­ment to in­crease in­vest­ment in the field.

Henry Bos­ton, executive di­rec­tor of the cham­ber, said the arts sec­tor was in dan­ger un­less it re­ceived more fund­ing.

“We have called for an elec­tion com­mit­ment from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to stop the fund­ing cuts and to pledge at least an in­crease of $100 mil­lion over four years to re­vive the sec­tor and en­sure the con­tin­ua­tion and ex­pan­sion of com­mu­nity pro­grams,” he said. “The im­pact of con­tin­u­ing cuts to the arts bud­get has al­ready been felt across the sec­tor and it won’t be long be­fore it be­gins to im­pact on the State’s bot­tom line.

“The sec­tor con­trib­utes $10.6 bil­lion to the State econ­omy and em­ploys over 42,000 peo­ple but re­duced in­vest­ment is driv­ing job losses across the in­dus­try.”

Cham­ber mem­ber RTRFM 92.1 is tak­ing part in the ini­tia­tive. RTR gen­eral man­ager Stu MacLeod, whose band Eskimo Joe is one of WA’s most suc­cess­ful mu­si­cal ex­ports, said in­vest­ment in the arts was of para­mount im­por­tance.

“The arts mat­ter in any state, in any coun­try, in any so­ci­ety,” Mr MacLeod said. “We are con­stantly told that our world is in dan­ger; that we are fight­ing a war with these peo­ple, with those peo­ple, a war on ter­ror, a war on drugs. Artists pro­vide us with a respite from all this.”

The cam­paign runs from Jan­uary 31. To find out more about “Arts Im­proves Lives” visit www.cacwa. or fol­low the cam­paign on Facebook and Twit­ter.

RTR gen­eral man­ager and Eskimo Joe gui­tarist Stu MacLeod.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.