Tobacco companies can’t sponsor Australian arts. Should fossil fuel giants be banned too?

A database shows almost two dozen arts organisations are still reliant on mining money – but some are hunting for alternatives

Pressure is building on arts and cultural institutions to sever ties with fossil fuel companies, with a number of Australia’s major arts companies still relying on sponsorship from mining groups, while those operating in natural resource-rich states face the biggest challenges in securing alternative funding.

There are now at least two Australian-based organisations – Comms Declare and – that track down sponsorship deals and lobby arts, sporting, cultural and other not-for-profits and government institutions to abandon lucrative partnerships with coal, oil and gas companies.

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