For those interested, there's a new article by yours truly published in RealTime #80 (August/September 2007), addressing the state of play for contemporary performance in tertiary education.
It's an interesting time for the performing arts in Australia. On the one hand, grants have been continually shrinking in real terms, and the political climate has been noticeably anti-arts for the last decade or so. On the other hand, for some sections of the arts, everything is rosy. "The arts have never been in a stronger position, and artists have never been happier”, declared the federal Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis, at the University of Sydney in April. “The only people who aren't happy are the commentariat, who never have to deal with the reality of arts funding".
read the rest of the article here.