Budgeting on the Arts

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Budgeting on the Arts

After seven weeks of lockdown, what has kept people engaged internationally – the arts.

Whether singing from balconies or performing music on porches or streets, watching Netflix, live streaming of plays, ballets, opera, concerts, shows of every genre from around the world, listening to entertainers of every ilk on radio, we have survived the austerity of these COVID-19 times, through the arts.

We have been kept going through the generosity of free-sharing by New Zealand organisations and theatres from Circa, ATC, BATS, Royal NZ Ballet, NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Youth Orchestras and Choirs, Radio playing repeats from its archive of radio plays, reviewed and promoted by Theatreview, William Ray and Robbie Nicol writing and performing programmes on radio loosely based on NZ’s history, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, which is going digital with its Festivals, and is among the vast number of those offering Zoom workshops and competitions, and so much more.

This has been thanks to all those hugely generous organisations, creators, producers, performers, most of whom donated their services to entertain anyone who chose to listen, watch or participate.

Such resilience does require funding. Where is the way forward for this whole sector in a country, whose communities thrive on international and national touring shows, local productions and events, their performers, as well as the lighting, sound, suppliers of other technical equipment, the crews whose livelihoods dangle like aerial artists?  Reigniting organisations, which include those behind the scenes is essential. Then there is the dilemma regarding the lack and preservation of safe and appropriate-sized theatres and other performance venues and spaces.

Sport has now received it post-Budget injection. We await with bated anticipation for similar for the arts – to all those who provide this vital industry for the well-being of everyone’s lives and to our economy.

Creative New Zealand is crying out be ‘Thankful For Arts’. However the arts cannot survive on ‘thin air’ alone.

With the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance also holding the top Arts portfolios, we live in hope…

 

  • Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM
  • CEO SGCNZ & Member Shakespeare Globe Council, London
  • M: 027 283 6016
  • E: dawn@sgcnz.org.nz
  • Home: 12 Cargill Street, Karori, Wellington
  • Postal: PO Box 17 215, Karori, Wellington 6147

19 May 20Open Letter

Budgeting on the Arts

After seven weeks of lockdown, what has kept people engaged internationally – the arts.

Whether singing from balconies or performing music on porches or streets, watching Netflix, live streaming of plays, ballets, opera, concerts, shows of every genre from around the world, listening to entertainers of every ilk on radio, we have survived the austerity of these COVID-19 times, through the arts.

We have been kept going through the generosity of free-sharing by New Zealand organisations and theatres from Circa, ATC, BATS, Royal NZ Ballet, NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Youth Orchestras and Choirs, Radio playing repeats from its archive of radio plays, reviewed and promoted by Theatreview, William Ray and Robbie Nicol writing and performing programmes on radio loosely based on NZ’s history, Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, which is going digital with its Festivals, and is among the vast number of those offering Zoom workshops and competitions, and so much more.

This has been thanks to all those hugely generous organisations, creators, producers, performers, most of whom donated their services to entertain anyone who chose to listen, watch or participate.

Such resilience does require funding. Where is the way forward for this whole sector in a country, whose communities thrive on international and national touring shows, local productions and events, their performers, as well as the lighting, sound, suppliers of other technical equipment, the crews whose livelihoods dangle like aerial artists?  Reigniting organisations, which include those behind the scenes is essential. Then there is the dilemma regarding the lack and preservation of safe and appropriate-sized theatres and other performance venues and spaces.

Sport has now received its post-Budget injection. We await with bated anticipation for similar for the arts – to all those who provide this vital industry for the well-being of everyone’s lives and to our economy.

Creative New Zealand is crying out be ‘Thankful For Arts’. However the arts cannot survive on ‘thin air’ alone.

With the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance also holding the top Arts portfolios, we live in hope…

 

  • Dawn Sanders ONZM, QSM
  • CEO SGCNZ & Member Shakespeare Globe Council, London
  • M: 027 283 6016
  • E: dawn@sgcnz.org.nz
  • Home: 12 Cargill Street, Karori, Wellington
  • Postal: PO Box 17 215, Karori, Wellington 6147

19 May 20

Written by

Dawn Sanders

19 May 2020