MSO and STC receive another $ 2 million federal bailout



The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra received $ 2 million, while the Sydney Theater Company received $ 2.7 million from the Federal Government’s Sustainability Fund, established to support large arts organizations at risk of not being able to survive the pandemic.

The grants were part of $ 6.2 million awarded to five arts companies, which were the latest recipients to receive support from the $ 50 million fund. The Australian Ballet School received $ 606,000, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra received $ 435,000 and Circa Contemporary Circus received $ 500,000.

Helen Thomson and Jacek Koman with the cast of Death of a Salesman, Sydney Theater Company, 2021. Photo © Prudence Upton

More than $ 43 million has now been allocated, with Opera Australia receiving $ 10 million from the fund in May, July and August 2021.

To be of quality, arts organizations must show that they are facing insolvency within the next 12 months. MSO received $ 2 million in the latest round of grants despite having a surplus of $ 1.5 million for 2020, thanks in large part to JobKeeper. However, the orchestra predicted a loss of $ 2 million for 2021, which was compounded by the latest Victorian foreclosure. The grant follows a $ 3 million payment in January.

The Sydney Theater Company received an earlier grant of $ 2 million from the fund in May.

Announcing the latest grants, Minister of Communications, Urban Infrastructure, the City and the Arts, the Honorable Paul Fletcher, said: “This funding will provide essential support to these major arts employers to help continue the recovery. after the continued effects of COVID-19. “

“Although these organizations vary in terms of profession and discipline, they all faced similar challenges throughout the pandemic that limited their ability to stage performances or provide education and training in the performing arts. show. “

“With the support of the Morrison government, these important performing arts organizations will be well placed to come out of the pandemic and resume normal operations with the necessary staff and skills.”

“The vaccine rollout continues at a steady pace, states and territories are opening up and can expect the arts sector to rebound as artists return to the stage.”

Creative Economy Task Force member and Australian Council for the Arts chief executive Adrian Collette said the fund was helping support the sector for its reopening as restrictions eased, while retaining the personnel and essential skills.

“Throughout the most difficult times of the pandemic, Australians have turned to the arts and creativity for connection, fun and well-being,” said Collette. “This funding will help help our arts organizations and creative workforce rebuild, reopen and reconnect with Australian audiences as they become safe to do so.”


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