ARTISTS desperately awaiting results of the ACT government’s current round of arts activities grants have been alarmed by an enigmatic email from ArtsACT today (October 26), suggesting that the grants may not go ahead.
“As we are currently in caretaker mode, outcomes regarding the grants will not be finalised by the normal announcement date of October 31,” the email reads.
“The continuation of ArtsACT Grants following this general election is a decision for an incoming government. As a result, potential ArtsACT Grants applicants are advised that it is possible this grants program may not proceed.”
While most applicants join in the confusion following the failure of former well-respected ACT Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay at the ballot box, questions are being asked as to whether ArtsACT should have factored in the election and its possible interference with the timeline of grants announcements.
More sinister is the implication that an already announced grant round, which included grants from $5000 to $50,000, could be put aside by an incoming government if it chose to do so.