This report, prepared by Hill Strategies, uses 71 interviews with media artists, arts organizations and funders to examine the realities, functioning and importance of Canada's media arts sector. The sector was found to be "rapidly changing, difficult to define, very active and struggling to find money for its activities". Interviewees indicated that the production and exhibition of works by Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists are key to the development of the media arts.
Statistics Canada recently released the results of its 2001 survey of 583 performing arts organizations.
The inquiry finds challenges in Australia's arts and crafts sector that appear to be quite similar to those in Canada, including the need for fewer "economic uncertainties" for artists, higher status within their communities, more opportunities to sell and exhibit their art, and increased capacity among organizations in the sector.
This report, which follows the Australian Major Performing Arts Inquiry of 1999, was commissioned to examine the factors influencing the artistic and financial position of small to medium sized performing arts organizations in Australia.