Infighting In Melbourne

The city of Melbourne doled out nearly AUS$3 million in arts grants this past week, but controversy is brewing over the way the money was shared amongst the city’s cultural groups. “While 109 organisations and individuals from almost 300 applications shared in an annual funding pool of more than $1.5 million, six major Melbourne arts organisations – the International Arts Festival, the Fringe Festival, the Comedy Festival, the Film Festival, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Circus Oz – shared $1.4 million in triennial funding.” The funding decisions left some of Melbourne’s smaller arts groups gasping for financial breath.