Today is the LAST DAY to have your voice heard about arts funding. It's easy to complain, but our state and federal governments are asking for us to speak up, so let's do it.
1. Creative Victoria (used to be Arts Vic) have been calling for submissions about their Creative Industries Strategy for a while now.
All the info is at strategy.creative.vic.gov.au.
You can read the responses to themes (I wrote one about supporting, developing and encouraging emerging and alternative arts writing voices) and respond yourself or just send a tweet. Really, just a tweet!
2. Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Arts Budgets
This one is about George Brandis and the Australia Council and #FreeTheArts.
All the info is at aph.gov.au.
I know that many more submissions have been made than are currently on the web site, but there's room for more. Don't worry about writing essays (they've already been submitted); short, easy-to-read submissions are more likely to be read.
Or if you don't know what all the fuss is about – isn't excellence a good thing? – have a read of some of the submissions that have been put on the site.
And The George Brandis Live Art Experience on Facebook is rather brilliant.
PS: Yep, this is why reviews are lacking this week.