Jan Behrmann represents Warwick Arts Council
Jan Behrmann represents Warwick Arts Council

Costs up for show to go on

DWINDLING membership has left the Warwick Arts Council in crisis.

The council once had 400 members, but those numbers have shrunk to just 58.

Co-ordinator Jan Behrmann said the lack of new members impacts the council, forcing operation costs to rise.

Previously the state government subsidised the council, but Ms Behrmann said in times of financial difficulties, the arts is the first area to face funding cuts.

"We've had to push ticket prices above $30," she said.

"We now pay for everything".

Ms Behrmann said the council's role was not just bringing entertainment to the Warwick region but offering cheaper events.

"Some people can't afford to travel to Brisbane and see a show," she said.

The council will hold its AGM tonight at the RSL at 7.30pm and Ms Behrmann is encouraging all to attend.

"Members can get discounts to events, and you can get involved".

Despite the harder financial times, Ms Behrmann says the Warwick Arts Council is "one of the lucky ones", saying smaller councils have folded.


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