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Frank Madrid disappointed Canberra doesn’t give him more money. Leaving.

By johnboy - 5 October 2013 9

The Canberra Times has a lengthy story on local “arts personality” Frank Madrid spitting the dummy and moving out of town because we have insufficiently showered him in money to do his own thing.

Personally I would dearly love to see more of the arts sector in Canberra being based on putting on events that customers want to pay for and less about squabbling over taxpayer funding.

There are groups creating large self sustaining events in Canberra (Corinbank, Foreshore, In Canberra Tonight, the Slam Poetry scene, Scissors Paper Pen, the Canberra Musicians Club spring to mind) but they’re busy actually doing while a self appointed clique of “arts personalities” swan about the local media scene hogging the limelight, hoovering up the spare cash, and doing little other than talk.

That’s not all Frank’s fault, he seems like a nice guy and we wish him well in Sydney. But for mine the last thing we need is a bigger non-productive arts aristocracy.

What we do need is more support and less red tape for those who are getting stuck in. (Which, for its faults, is something the Centenary does appear to have been trying to do)

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Frank Madrid disappointed Canberra doesn’t give him more money. Leaving.
Kropotkin 1:44 pm 20 Oct 13

As someone who runs events, Canberra is incredibly hard to actually run events and make them sustainable. (Most events in Canberra I find are actually run at a loss or just break even, but they are put on because the people love what they are doing).

My experience has largely been that Canberras major issue for running events is it’s urban sprawl/low population density. Most people simply do not want to travel the distance to go to any event.

Canberrans are also notorious for not purchasing pre-sale tickets so it’s essentially impossible to gauge how well an event will play out in Canberra. I’ve seen musicians, that pull hundreds or thousands in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane etc etc, pull 1 or 2 people in Canberra. The event could have been canned, but when running an event in Canberra, that is the risk you have to take because nobody will purchase tickets beforehand.

Over years, Canberra has bled many good promoters and seen many good events go the way of the dinosaur. It’s sad, but it’s the way Canberra is and it’s a systematic issue, not really one of “red tape”.

LSWCHP 9:12 pm 15 Oct 13

Dv8 said :

LSWCHP said :

As far as I can tell, this guy isn’t an artist, he’s just another “facilitator”, like real-estate agents, used car salesmen etc…a ticket clipping drone with a big ego. And the last thing he did of any note was 2013.

Bye by Frank. Don’t let the door bang you in the arse on the way out.

yeah thats just rude as hell, event coordinators are essential for any scene and its a real shame that canberra has just lost someone who has been dedicated to improving the canberra Arts scene. Its no secret that Canberra is way behind the rest of Australia and most cities of the world as far as artist output, a real shame considering the fantastic talent that live here. But canberra is missing the institutions that connect artists to an audience something that event coordinators are constantly battling with, Something that has clearly become too much for Frank, and like SO many others and has been forced to leave.

Upon consideration, I think you may be right Frank. You really did deserve a bucket of public funding for not doing much of anything.

I hope you get lots of public funding in Sydney.

milkman 8:11 pm 15 Oct 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Canberra’s art money went into a giant inflatable whale look-a-like. Had that beast not gone ahead, there might be more cash to splash on locals.

Full of hot air and lots of public teats, I thought it was a perfect match for Canberra.

wildturkeycanoe 7:17 pm 15 Oct 13

Canberra’s art money went into a giant inflatable whale look-a-like. Had that beast not gone ahead, there might be more cash to splash on locals.

Dv8 2:52 pm 15 Oct 13

LSWCHP said :

As far as I can tell, this guy isn’t an artist, he’s just another “facilitator”, like real-estate agents, used car salesmen etc…a ticket clipping drone with a big ego. And the last thing he did of any note was 2013.

Bye by Frank. Don’t let the door bang you in the arse on the way out.

yeah thats just rude as hell, event coordinators are essential for any scene and its a real shame that canberra has just lost someone who has been dedicated to improving the canberra Arts scene. Its no secret that Canberra is way behind the rest of Australia and most cities of the world as far as artist output, a real shame considering the fantastic talent that live here. But canberra is missing the institutions that connect artists to an audience something that event coordinators are constantly battling with, Something that has clearly become too much for Frank, and like SO many others and has been forced to leave.

Masquara 9:05 pm 08 Oct 13

I’m in quite some agreement with Frank Madrid (whom I don’t know). Robyn Archer has consumed pretty much all the Centenary oxygen. She has put herself front and centre of proceedings throughout – not to any purpose other than her own interests. That is why the Centenary is giving such a measly legacy for Canberrans. Archer could have mentored someone local and ensured ongoing activities and benefits for our city. But no. She’s a narcissist, and just had to be in the limelight. Centre stage, spotlight on Robyn Archer. Her eye for many months has been on her next gigs. She has long been distracted from this gig that she is being paid I believe more than a million dollars for. I think it’s a great shame that someone like this Frank, who appears to have put quite some commitment into Canberra, has been shabbily treated by Robyn Archer (who, by the way, can’t sing).

Mysteryman 12:21 pm 08 Oct 13

Adios.

justin heywood 11:31 am 08 Oct 13

LSWCHP said :

As far as I can tell, this guy isn’t an artist, he’s just another “facilitator”, like real-estate agents, used car salesmen etc…a ticket clipping drone with a big ego. And the last thing he did of any note was 2013.

.

He’s done nothing since 2013?

Unless he’s a magician…..
🙂

LSWCHP 6:48 pm 07 Oct 13

As far as I can tell, this guy isn’t an artist, he’s just another “facilitator”, like real-estate agents, used car salesmen etc…a ticket clipping drone with a big ego. And the last thing he did of any note was 2013.

Bye by Frank. Don’t let the door bang you in the arse on the way out.

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