I’m crowdsourcing ideas for my column in The Age next week. I’m after all the non cash/funding related things that governments could do to help artists. Or even just areas where they should get out of the way?
I’ve got a few in mind from my own experiences.
Obviously the experience of the Renew Newcastle project is an example of where setting up a scheme to activate a dormant resource costs very little and can achieve a hell of a lot. Governments should certainly be thinking in this kind of way more.
What about all the dormant government resources out there? Unused land, government sites, etc? There’s a lot wasted resources that could be activated with little cost if there was the right mindset.
On top of that i’ve got regulatory reform in areas like tax, OH+S, copyright, etc etc. Not about making these things free but about making them easier. I have a long held theory that because artists earn or expect to earn much less from their works then higher costs effect them much more than they do businesses who make a large profit.
What elso have you got? Rules that could be changed to simplify things? Suggestions please!
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