Growth State: a (draft) response

Members of South Australia’s creative industries are being encouraged to have their say on the State’s new Creative Industries Sector Strategy: a 10 year plan to support the growth of the creative industries in South Australia.

You can have your say on the online survey or send in a written submission by  Friday 28 February 2020.

Feel free to copy, paste or adapt any of the following (draft) response into your own.

(Last updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020).

What do you see as the  greatest opportunities for economic growth for your sector? 

  • Long-term, strategic and bipartisan growth plan backed up by substantive, indexed investment – informed by the needs and ambitions of the State’s creative industries.
  • A growth plan that recognises the role of First Nations’ culture and creativity, which is developed and led in collaboration with First Nations Elders, creatives and communities (both through the significant work undertaken in 2012 as part of the Arts South Australia Aboriginal Arts Strategic Plan and through ongoing, meaningful, community-led engagement).
  • A growth plan that acknowledges that First Nations arts practice and culture are fundamental to the future for the creative industries in South Australia, and resources them accordingly.
  • Continuing (and growing) support for First Nations arts centres in regional and remote communities, where art production can be “the main source of commercial income”.
  • Capitalising on federal funding for the new South Australia-based program for emerging First Nations musicians by creating genuine pathways into the Australian music industry.
  • Implementing a plan to reinstate (and increase) the State Government’s previous level of investment in the arts, in order to ensure to provide a sustainable base on which sector can thrive and grow.
  • More secure, longer-term funding opportunities that allow arts and cultural organisations to transition to more diverse income streams, rather than fail from not having the time to implement those changes effectively.
  • Dedicated funding and support to ensure all of South Australia’s creative endeavours are able to be realised (particularly from those who have traditionally been silenced, hidden or marginalised), including the continuation of the Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust, the introduction of similarly targeted programs for other marginalised communities, and associated awareness raising and logistical activity to encourage and support people to apply by identifying and removing the barriers that prevent them from doing so.
  • Streamlining the red-tape associated with grant applications and acquittals to allow artists and organisations to focus on the work and its outcomes.
  • Re-investing in grants for individual practitioners to support sustainable careers, including making a long-term commitment to the additional $1million in annual funding promised for independent artists introduced after the last election.
  • Re-investing in indexation or growth increases in order to maintain the value and impact of funding.
  • Re-investing in international exchange models (such as the Asialink Arts partnership defunded in 2018).
  • Investing in work that is innovative, brave and risk-taking.
  • Providing opportunities for creative practitioners to participate in affordable and relevant opportunities for professional development, peer-led support and mentorships at every stage of their careers.
  • Provision of business skills training opportunities for creative industry professionals (including finance, funding, marketing, market development, etc).
  • Recognising the opportunities but also the challenges that digital technologies present in terms of making and delivering work, marketing and communication, community-building, access and evaluation – matching the cost of digital programming on organisations or practitioners with little or no history in the digital space with the skills, financial and resource costs of working in digital technologies.
  • Developing pro-active government procurement procedures that prioritise SA-made/based products and practitioners, and that use government-owned/managed spaces to showcase SA arts, craft, culture and creative products.

What are the challenges or obstacles to growth?

  • The 2018 State Budget announcements exposed SA’s creative industries to a period of uncertainty, instability, negative readjustment and grief. The longer-term impact of this truncated investment in is likely to include SA organisations reducing their size, programs, engagement and reach, and/or creative practitioners leaving the State (or the sector altogether).
  • Lack of visibility and valuing of arts and culture from State and Federal government (including the recent removal of ‘arts’ from the titles of their respective portfolios).
  • Division of State arts and cultural organisations across three government departments.
  • Lack of investment in the SA Arts Plan and Growth State recommendations.
  • Lack of communication about additional $1million funding for independent artists introduced after the last election (which has led to low application rates).

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Author: katelarsenkeys

Arts, Cultural & Non-Profit Consultant. Reader. Writer (Our Hybrid Future, The Relationship is the Project). Researching the art of arts governance.

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