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AHEAD OF THIS MONTH’S ELECTION, the Creative Industries sector encourages you to ask your local candidates how they will advance the arts, at both a policy level and through practical investment. The time has come for a Creative Resources policy, with big thinking and big ideas to spearhead the recovery of the Territory.

“The creative and cultural sectors are key industries that have sustained us through this pandemic, and can redefine how those outside view us. Long-term economic recovery is possible, drawing people to the vibrancy of this place,” says Mark Smith, MusicNT Executive Director.

“Focus government policy on a revitalised night time economy, with creative arts, music and food trails drawing people to regional areas, prolonging their stays, and capturing the globe’s attention. Let’s put the NT on the map as the place to study, explore and experience.”

The first ever Creative Industries Strategy launched in June, and is the foundation document to drive growth and develop sustainability within the sector by setting goals, creating action plans and defining measurements of success.

With such a diverse make up consisting of 12 specific segments, the Creative Industries share the story of the Territory across a range of mediums. They showcase our greatest assets on the world stage and encourage visitation through their talent, culture and creativity, that collectively adds significant value to our economy.

Employing almost 2400 Territorians and contributing approximately $735 million in revenue through direct and indirect activities, the Creative Industries are a key economic driver. Sean Pardy, Executive Director at Brown’s Mart Theatre, says the Creative Industries represents more than jobs and money.

“Arts and culture are an integral part of our human existence. The Creative Industries tells the story of this place – they provide a window into the character of the NT,” he says.

“This election presents an opportunity for supporters of the arts to let the candidates know how important the Creative Industries are to them… Ask what their party is doing to value the Creative Industries, how their policies will improve and build upon an industry that, not only generates thousands of jobs, but also creates the very fabric of the wonderful life we have here in the Territory. The Creative Industries permeate our everyday lives – this August, don’t let our politicians forget it.”

This feature is a collaboration between members of the Darwin Arts Managers' Network. To view the Creative Industries Strategy (2020-2024), please visit

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