Arts funding in limbo

TASMANIAN councils will tomorrow consider future funding of Tasmanian Regional Arts as the organisation struggles to survive after a 30-per-cut cut in federal and state funding.

Council heads will be asked to consider future collaboration and funding opportunities at the Local Government Association of Tasmania's general meeting at Inveresk today.

Tasmanian Regional Arts traditionally received funding from the Australia Council, Arts Tasmania, and in-kind infrastructure support from councils.

The arts body has suffered a 30 per cent cut in financial assistance over the past two years due to funding application rejections from state and federal levels.

The funding cuts have meant that Tasmanian Regional Arts has had to reduce expenditure, staff and its annual program offering.

University of Ballarat creative artists Emeritus Professor Peter Matthews has been recruited to lead a strategic review of the organisation, and is due to report his findings next month.

In a report to Mayors and council general managers, LGAT has stated that it would be inappropriate to replace the levels of funding lost from state and federal sources, but there could be an opportunity for councils to opt into funding if they wanted TRA events and projects in their municipality.

The meeting will be held at 10.30am tomorrow.

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