Federal Labor’s arts policy announcement came just in a nick of time and, just maybe, at precisely the right time.

With a week to go before Australia heads to the polls, Labor’s arts policy has been warmly received by the music and entertainment industries, with Live Performance Australia, APRA, AIR and the Australia Council among its big supporters.

Unveiled on Saturday in south Melbourne, the new strategy includes a raft of funding commitments across the cultural sector and a suite of measures to support live music, notes Live Performance Australia, which says the policy statement represents a “welcome step” towards restoring certainty and confidence and raises the “ambition” for the nation’s cultural industries.

“After years of disruptions to funding and a disjointed policy approach to the cultural sector,” enthuses LPA CEO Evelyn Richardson, “it is heartening to see one of our major parties spelling out a strong commitment to supporting and growing our cultural sector through a comprehensive and funded policy approach.”

The Bloody Beetroots at Up Down Festival
Live music will get a boost from Labor, LPA says.

The strategy builds off the original “Creative Australia” policy approach, launched under the Gillard government in 2013, and includes commitments to restore funding for the Australia Council to the tune of $112 million over four years, invest in First Nations theatre and dance companies, and set aside additional funding for the ABC and SBS.