Michael Cassel Group, one of the world’s leading theatre producers, has today announced it has accepted a strategic investment from Amplify, a global live entertainment and content holding company.
Michael Cassel Group, as an independent company, will sit alongside TEG in Amplify, which was formed by Silver Lake and minority investor Mercury Capital to acquire TEG in November 2019. TEG is a global, integrated live entertainment, ticketing and technology company and Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing. Continue reading SILVER LAKE ACQUIRES STAKE IN AUSTRALIAN THEATRE PRODUCER→
The future of Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct has been secured thanks to extraordinary support from a group of benefactors and commitment to providing a 10 + 5 + 5 year precinct lease and 5 year funding from the NSW Government, the Carriageworks Board of Directors announced today.
Following a ten-week Voluntary Administration process conducted by KPMG Partners, Phil Quinlan and Morgan Kelly, the 2nd Meeting of Creditors overwhelmingly accepted the Deed of Company Arrangement proposed and negotiated by Carriageworks’ Board of Directors.
Motivated by the crisis and the importance of an independent Carriageworks to the cultural fabric of NSW, a small number private foundations pledged major gifts to ensure artists and audiences continue to have access to the sense of community history and the unique creative environment of the Carriageworks precinct. Continue reading CARRIAGEWORKS SUCCESSFULLY SECURES INDEPENDENT FUTURE→
Darwin Festival returns as Australia’s hottest winter arts festival with DF20 Homegrown (Thursday 6 — Sunday 16 August). A reimagined event showcasing the Top End’s very best, this year’s Festival program is brimming with exciting live and online events sure to help you re-enter the world in style!
The festivities kick off in Festival Park on Thursday 6 August with an opening night concert, Housewarming supported by Santos, launching attendees into a fabulous weekend of digital and physical offerings. The free celebration will feature a stellar line-up of local talent, including a performance from Gary Lang’s celebrated NT Dance Company, and musicians Eric Avery, Mandy Garling and Hotel Red, and more. Capacity is limited, so come along early to secure a spot and enjoy a range of food and drink available onsite.
National audiences will be able to get in on the fun with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and the National Indigenous Music Awards — both going virtual for the very first time, as well as award ceremonies for the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (Telstra NATSIAA) and the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards, also available online. Continue reading DARWIN FESTIVAL UNVEILS DF20 HOMEGROWN PROGRAM→
The NSW Government has announced a $50 million Rescue and Restart package for NSW arts and cultural organisations to ensure the sector continues to make an important contribution to the NSW economy during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this funding was the largest dedicated arts and cultural support package of any jurisdiction in Australia.
Australia’s arts sector will get access to $250 million worth of grants and loans under a COVID-19 recovery package unveiled by the Federal Government.
The creative sector has been calling for more support after the coronavirus shut down venues and productions and led to widespread job losses, with many workers ineligible for the JobKeeper wage subsidy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the grants and loans would help the entertainment, arts and screen sectors to re-build over the next 12 months.
“This package is as much about supporting the tradies who build stage sets or computer specialists who create the latest special effects, as it is about supporting actors and performers in major productions,” he said.
“Many in the sector will find a new way to operate while the current social distancing measures remain in place and while that won’t be easy, I know there’s a strong desire among all Australians to see the return of gigs, performances and events.”
The package includes:
$75 million for a competitive grants program to provide capital for new festivals, concerts, tours and events as social distancing restrictions ease. Grants will range from $75,000 to $2 million
$90 million in concessional loans to help fund new productions. Loans will be delivered through commercial banks with a Commonwealth guarantee
$50 million to help film and television producers who have been unable to access insurance due to COVID-19 to secure finance and restart production
$35 million in direct financial assistance for Commonwealth-funded organisations which are struggling to stay viable, including theatre, dance, music and circus
Mr Morrison said as well as the issues around financial help, the sector was struggling with the uncertainty around when restrictions in each state and territory, as well as border closures, would lift.
“That’s why, again, I’ll be raising this with the premiers and chief ministers, being able to tell [artists] when they can fill a venue, when that can happen or how many,” he said.
Next week would have marked the start of this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod Festival which has been inspiring and engaging with Australia’s young performers with its annual Festival for over 86 years.
Cancelled this year due to the coronavirus crisis, this not-for-profit organisation has rolled up its sleeves to ensure they continue to provide opportunities to the great array of talent across dance, drama, poetry, classical & contemporary music.
James Cutler and Joshua Robson Productions are thrilled to announce a special and unique online concert which will shine a light on the Australian musical theatre industry and support performers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 arts shutdown. LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS [HOME DELIVERY] will be held on Monday 11 May from 7pm.
Over one incredible evening hosted by James Cutler (School of Rock), the concert will feature elite performances from the homes of Johanna Allen (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Michelle Brasier (Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Andrew Cook (A Chorus Line), Ryan Gonzalez (Merrily We Roll Along), Doug Hansell (Come From Away), Glenn Hill (A Chorus Line), Georgina Hopson (The Secret Garden), Loren Hunter (Six), Joe Kosky (School of Rock), Andrew Kroenert (School of Rock), Lucy Maunder (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Todd McKenney (Shrek), Ben Mingay (Shrek), Cle Morgan (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Sarah Murr (Shrek), John O’Hara (School of Rock), Monique Salle (Shrek), Jamie Rogers (Billy Elliot), Justin Smith (Billy Elliot), Alana Tranter (Come From Away), Lyndon Watts (A Chorus Line), Chloe Zuel (Six) and more. Continue reading LIGHTS UP ON THE ARTS [HOME DELIVERY]→
The Australian. arts sector is almost completely demoralised and disheartened by the announcement of the $5.4 million in Australia Council grants which represent a 30% cut over the next twelve months.
Major arts companies are set to lose ongoing funding include major organisations like the Art Gallery Of South Australia, the Australian Theatre for Young People, of which Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann and Rebel Wilson are alumni, Barking Gecko Theatre Company , Ensemble Offspring, La Mama Theatre, Sydney’s Writer’s Festival and the Museum Of Contemporary Art. Continue reading AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FUNDING CUTS DEVASTATE ARTS SECTOR→
Several of Australia’s leading actors have, in a plea to the Government spoken out about the hardships the arts sector is suffering under the #CreateAustralia’s Future. These include John Bell, Mitchell Butel, Rachael Maza, Richard Roxburgh, Sally Smart and Julia Zemiro. It is expected that thousands of others will join them.
Television host and Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival Julia Zemiro stated that “if you love TV, Music, Film, Art gigs you have to love the people who make it happen for you….We are a team that brings you the stuff that makes you laugh, cry, sing, dance and forget. So remember us now.” Continue reading AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS PLEA FOR THE STRUGGLING ARTS SECTOR→
Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced with deep regret the annual Helpmann Awards will not be presented in 2020.
The decision to cancel this year’s presentation is in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its impact on live performance venues and productions across the country.
“Due to restrictions on public gatherings, it was simply not feasible to proceed with our planning for the 2020 Helpmann Awards,” said LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson.
“While we are deeply disappointed to make this decision, we have a wider responsibility to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, industry and the Australian community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“It is also the case that we need to focus on the survival of our live performance industry which has been devastated by the COVID-19 forced shutdowns.
“Our number one priority right now is to secure more government support for the hundreds of thousands of people across our industry who have lost income and work as a result of the shutdowns.
]“We also want to make sure our industry is in the best position it can be to recover once the public health crisis passes, and bring back to millions of Australians the pleasure of live theatre and music presented by some of the world’s best creative talent,” Ms Richardson said.
The Helpmann Awards are the premier celebration of Australia’s vibrant live performance industry. These national awards recognise distinguished achievement and excellence in Australia’s live performance sectors including musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera and classical music, theatre, ballet, dance and physical theatre, presentation for children and young people, regional touring and cabaret.
The Helpmann Awards were established in 2001 by LPA.
Featured image : The cast of Les Mis at the 2016 Helpmann awards
The Sydney Opera House today announced a new digital initiative – From our House to yours – to connect with, inspire, educate and entertain local and global communities while the venue’s doors are temporarily closed to the public. The program will include full-length performances and talks, never-before-seen footage, podcasts, long-form articles and behind-the-scenes content.
In addition to a wide array of digital content available free on demand, every day from Wednesday to Sunday new content will be released on the Opera House website for people to enjoy on their laptops, mobile phones or in their living rooms. The new digital season launches tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April) at 6pm AEDT, with the next weekly schedule announced every Tuesday. Continue reading FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE : HIGHLIGHTS TO ENJOY→
As individuals, organisations and as a society, how do we best move forward in world where so much has stopped or slowed almost to a standstill? I am particularly concerned for the arts community, its practitioners, technical experts and other professionals who have suddenly lost their livelihoods and reason for being. I am also concerned for our audiences, those who find nourishment, entertainment and enlightenment through the arts. My thoughts below are formulated not as some kind of universal panacea, but as principles to guide our everyday lives in the months to come.
The times really are almost unprecedented. I suspect we have to go back to World War II (WWII) to find a parallel to the kind of national and international disruption, pain and suffering we are facing at the moment. Both my parents were born in 1931. Their early childhood years were thus at the tail end of the Great Depression. They entered their teens in the midst of a global war of awful violence and human misery. It was hard. There was rationing and the possibility of invasion. Brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers went off to war or were seconded to work in war industries. My dad is the youngest in his family and one of his brothers, my uncle, fought in the Pacific and survived. The point is, they came through as did the greater majority of Australians of that generation. We are their heirs. We will also come through and rebuild on the other side. Some reflections follow that I hope are encouraging.
Lead when and as we are able
Whatever our role and status, now is the time for us to exercise leadership in any way we are able. I don’t necessarily mean “Big L” Leadership: few of us will be called to be a Premier, Prime Minister or a CEO. I am referring to the leadership opportunities that come our way in everyday life. Over the next weeks and months we will need people right across our community who can acknowledge uncertainty but think clearly, respond with compassion and remain task focused. As a business advisor, company director and school Chair, I see teachers, business people, University staff, health experts, friends, artists and family acting this way already. On the flip side, these are stressful times. Our way of life has changed with a violent lurch and we are not sure where we are lurching to. For myself, I am working on being aware of, and not ignoring, my own anxiety and tiredness. I am also keeping up and expanding while I am able my exercise routines and making sure I have a list of things to do that I enjoy.
Avoid blame and finger pointing
Beyond a certain point, spending our energies pointing out what others are doing wrong, where they are acting inconsistently or not meeting our expectations is not productive. Leaving aside those in the health sector whose working lives have by their very nature changed in a moment, we should keep in mind that our Premier, senior ministers, business and community leaders and Prime Minister will be working extraordinarily long hours under exceptional pressure. These people are human and thus imperfect – just like us. They also have families and loved ones they will be hardly seeing and no doubt worrying about – just like us. Now is not the time to fight arguments on social media and relentlessly criticise others, particularly those with “Big L” leadership roles. Now is the time for our community to seek unity and goodwill and ensure that the majority of our citizens, including the poor and needy, come through this as best they can.
Look to and plan for the future
As I noted, WWII came to an end as did WWI and the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919. Humankind is resilient and creative. We can choose to be our best in a crisis or choose the opposite.
The arts have a crucial role to play in our society, even when governments and others in authority do not recognise, or seek to minimise, our contribution. We must plan now to come through this, and out the other side, stronger and more resilient if and as we are able. Some will struggle. Some are struggling now. It should not be a matter of survival of the fittest, but of seeking to bring as many people and organisations through as possible. That should be our pledge to each other and to society at large.
Philip Pogson FAICD, Director, The Leading Partnership
Joint Managing Director The Marais Project, Elysian Fields and Da Vinci’s Apprentice
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate in Australia and around the world, the Sydney Eisteddfod Board has made the decision to cancel this year’s competition.
Sydney Eisteddfod, a not-for-profit Performing Arts Organisation which has offered an annual Festival of over 300 events across all genres of the performing arts since 1933, has made this decision to cancel for the second time during its 86-year history. The first being during WWII. Continue reading SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD FESTIVAL 2020 CANCELLED→
Each year, over 35,000 entrants from all across Australia and New Zealand enter the Sydney Eisteddfod to showcase their talents in over 300 events across dance, drama, music and song and compete to win over $400,000 annually in cash prizes and scholarships. These hopefuls from all levels from beginner to pre-professional are provided the opportunity to perform at world-class venues including Sydney Opera House and Chatswood’s, The Concourse, in front of judges who are at the forefront of their field.
Re-live the flirty thirties! Join us in the grandeur of the historic Castlereagh Boutique Hotel for a delightful romp through one of our most popular shows.
Opera Bites has partnered with The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel to bring you an elegant afternoon of sparkling wit, repartee and song, complete with a decadent sparkling high tea. As you step through the doors of this stunning heritage listed dining room you’ll find yourself immersed in the world of the 20th Century’s most outstanding song-smiths. Continue reading HIGH TEA WITH NOEL AND COLE→
Each year, over 35,000 entrants from all across Australia and New Zealand enter the Sydney Eisteddfod to showcase their talents in over 300 events across dance, drama, music and song and compete to win over $400,000 annually in cash prizes and scholarships. These hopefuls from all levels from beginner to pre-professional are provided the opportunity to perform at world-class venues including Sydney Opera House and Chatswood’s, The Concourse, in front of judges who are at the forefront of their field.Continue reading SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD : CALL FOR ENTRIES→
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