Belvoir will soon receive $320,000 per year for four years to support the theatre company's shift from parity pay scales. The funding is a result of the National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia, introduced by Arts Minister Simon Crean at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
‘This funding will allow us to pay artists a living wage and support our company to continue to produce world-class theatre,’ said general manager Brenna Hobson. ‘We’re thrilled to have the Federal Government’s support.
‘It is great to see the Minister acknowledging the centrality of the arts to Australian life and recognising its key role as an economic driver,’ Hobson continued. ‘Australian artists and arts organisations have a key role to play in cultural diplomacy and we hope to see this recognised with support for international touring through the excellence pool.’
Hobson also enthusiastically noted that the Minister opened his address by highlighting the importance of Indigenous art. Belvoir has a long standing commitment to telling Indigenous stories and Indigenous arts leadership, and this new funding will continue to support that sector.