$2,000,000 a year for a Sydney company to provide opportunities …

Comment on How much of Parrtjima’s $2m goes out of town? by Gammon.

$2,000,000 a year for a Sydney company to provide opportunities to a very small handful of local artists selected by who? How are these artists chosen?
Meanwhile local arts organisations and artists struggle to secure very tightly contested arts grants, where all the money stays in the Territory. The festival I’m guessing pays peanuts to locals (I hear a translator was shocked at the pathetic amount she received for her work) and of course relies on volunteers. How much volunteer time is put in by the Sydney mob with the money? The curator I’m guessing receives a good amount, but fair enough we don’t have anyone here who knows anything about Indigenous culture so we need to import someone. No one capable of curating anything here either of course….
Wouldn’t it be great if the Territory Government could support NT artists and curators etc with 2 million a year instead of some mob of outsiders. Imagine if a home grown festival was supported with that many bucks, we could have an even more vibrant arts sector that engaged with the schools, tradies, local businesses and community all year building skills, infrastructure, friendships and community through the whole year.

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