ABC keeps the arts alive at home for all Australians

With the lights out in theatres and concert halls due to COVID-19, the ABC is bringing the best of the arts home to all Australians with performances by our leading arts and music companies, alongside new radio programs and arts documentaries. 

The ABC is also launching new arts radio programs and documentaries in line with its Charter requirement to encourage and promote Australian music, drama and other performing arts.

From today, RN’s The Bookshelf will host a monthly Book Club bringing together a panel of readers to discuss the books they’re reading, recommending or have always wanted to get to.
This month, Australian writers Tom Wright and Ailsa Piper will share the reads that are getting them through isolation, while in the months ahead the Book Club will delve into Australian fiction, crime, fantasy and other genres.
ABC Radio is increasing the proportion of Australian music featured and played on-air, while ABC Classic is keeping the music going as Australia’s concert hall.
ABC Arts Manager, Richard Buckham, says “The ABC is committed to keeping the arts alive in people’s homes with an essential arts and cultural service across all our platforms. With all theatre and concert events cancelled due to COVID-19, the ABC is proud to offer our audience the chance to stay connected with the best of Australian performance.”
The ABC has also launched the $5 million Fresh Start development fund to provide urgent and critical support to Australian producers and creatives, including the Australian Music Fund to support independent artists and musicians across all ABC music networks and the Arts Digital Fund for innovative new arts content.


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