Partnerships between the arts and business will receive a major boost through the establishment of a new State Government arts fund.
Premier Alan Carpenter today launched the WA Premier’s Arts Partnership Fund which will match new cash partnerships between small-to-medium businesses and arts organisations.
The initiative has been brought about by a partnership between the State Government, Mirvac WA and the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF).
“Artists and small-to-medium arts organisations are the engine room of new cultural work,” Mr Carpenter said.
“Western Australia is an economic powerhouse and that gives us a golden opportunity to build on our State’s cultural lifestyle.
“Investment in the arts by Government and business is very important if we are to leave a legacy for future generations.”
The Premier said the initiative formed part of the exciting $73million ‘Ignite’ package designed to transform arts sectors including theatre, dance, literature, visual arts and fashion.
Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale said the State Government and Mirvac would each invest $150,000 over three years to the fund.
“This initiative is about encouraging local businesses to invest money in their local arts community, such as a real estate agency partly funding a local theatre production or art exhibition,” Ms McHale said.
“In this way, businesses can build their profile while contributing to their community.
“If the $300,000 investment is matched dollar-for-dollar, the fund has the potential to reach $600,000, bringing with it a major boost to the arts.
“The fund will enable not-for-profit arts organisations to double any cash partnership, worth up to $10,000, and double cash contributions to individual artists for amounts up to $5,000.”
Mirvac WA chief executive officer Evan Campbell said his company had a history of investing in the arts throughout its many property developments.
“Mirvac WA sees the arts as the glue which binds the community and we are very pleased to be the corporate partner of the WA Premier’s Arts Partnership Fund,” Mr Campbell said.
The fund will be administered by the Australia Business Arts Foundation, whose role is to promote greater investment by business and individuals into the arts.
AbaF WA manager Henry Boston said the fund acknowledged the importance of developing additional business support for the arts sector.
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