Australia/ 8.1 Direct and indirect support to artists  

8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions

The Australia Council supports a range of national organisations whose role is to support and advocate for artists.  Such organisations include the National Association for the Visual Artists (NAVA), Ausdance, the Music Council of Australia, the Community Arts Networks of Western Australia and South Australia, the Arts Law Centre, Arts Access Australia, Multicultural Arts Victoria, and the like.  The same, and similar, organisations may be supported within the states/territories.

Industrially, actors, musicians and dancers are represented in the industrial arena by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), which is affiliated with the Australian Council of Trade Unions and which grew out of amalgamations of traditional unions such as the Australian Journalists’ Association and Actors’ Equity.  The Musicians’ Union represents musicians; the Australian Writers’ Guild is an industrial and professional organisation representing performance writers.  Other writers are represented by the Australian Society of Authors.

Live Performance Australia is the employer organisation in the performing arts sector; while the Screen Producers Association of Australia represents independent film and television producers and is affiliated with FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films).

Chapter published: 27-12-2013