The strategic review of our organisation started in June this year, when the newly-elected National Council met, following the national conference. We formed a taskforce of six councillors and the national director and put in train a program of meetings, consultations, workshops and an online membership survey. Thank you for all your comments and suggestions so far.
This MGA Submission was prepared and submitted on 29 November in response to the Commonwealth Government’s call for consultation on Developing a Digital Economy Strategy https://engage.industry.gov.au/
The platitudes are on the lips of every arts supporter, ready to be recalled at the first sign of a public hearing or potential funding cut. “The arts are essential – a necessity, not a luxury.” “The arts help kids learn.” “The arts are the foundation of the knowledge economy.” It feels good to say those things, especially if you’re someone who has spent a life in the arts. But are they actually true? Are we pulling a fast one on ourselves and our audience by saying them? Or are we doing a service to the world by spreading the good news?