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2017-18 Budget

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The Hodgman Liberal Government has been a strong supporter of Tasmania’s cultural and creative industries and if re-elected, we will invest significantly across the sector to support its further growth.

A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will:

* Create a new, $2 million Screen Innovation Fund to support strategically important screen projects, including up to 25 per cent for the development of promising new projects for the future;

* Encourage philanthropic support for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery through a matching, dollar for dollar fund;

* Invest $1 million in a new, permanent children's exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery; and

* Provide $240,000 over three years to offset the considerable cost of selected galleries showcasing Tasmanian artists at the Sydney Contemporary and the Melbourne Art Fair. 

These initiatives build on our strong record of positive reform and investment in Government that saw TMAG become a statutory authority, the facilitation of and investment in The Hedberg building (next to the Theatre Royal), and modernisation of peer-reviewed competitive funding processes in the arts and the screen industry.

The Hodgman Liberal Government grew the competitive funding pool facilitated by Arts Tasmania significantly, in the last State Budget we committed an additional $360,000 per year for the State’s first Youth Arts strategy.

We also invested heavily in TMAG, seeing them return to a sustainable Budget position for the first time in many years.

Our support for the screen industry facilitated major projects, such as Rosehaven seasons one, two and three, as well as The Kettering Incident, The Nightingale and The Light Between Oceans. 

But we know there is more that can be done to see the sector continue to thrive and grow further into the future.

Our policy builds on past successes and will help to maintain momentum for the sector into the future.

If returned to Government, we will also move to quickly convene the Ministerial Arts and Cultural Advisory Council to provide whole of industry, strategic advice to ensure the diversity of those working in the sector have a direct line to Government and a say on its future.

The policy document can be found here: https://liberal.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=bd074e9f9fb8884b04f9dae45&id=9555cab747&e=14bea84529

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts