how the new Centre for Arts and Entertainment Workplaces can strengthen the arts sector
, 2023-01-30 22:22:00,
In May, we predicted Tony Burke’s joint labor relations and arts portfolio was an opportunity to address some of the challenges facing the arts and culture sector.
With the revive releasethe new national cultural policy, we are seeing this potentially beginning to bear fruit.
A focal point of Revive is the establishment of the Arts and Entertainment Workplaces Centre, a new body within Creative Australia (a rebranded and expanded Australia Council). The role of the center is,
according to policy:
provide advice on payment, safety and welfare issues in the arts and entertainment sector, refer matters to the relevant authorities and develop codes of conduct and resources for the sector.
The policy frames artists as workers who deserve protection and rights in the workplace. As Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said at the launch: “Artwork is real work.”
It’s no secret that the arts sector has a poor record when it comes to working conditions. A 2021 report noted that 45% of Australian arts and culture workers were in informal or insecure roles. The gender pay gap in the arts is 9% wider than other sectors of the economy. The music industry continues make headlines by widespread intimidation and sexual harassment. Meanwhile, the sector struggles to attract and retain workforce talent.
It is clear that things must change.
What role could the Center for Arts and Entertainment Workplaces play in addressing these issues? …
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