For the first time in its 30 year history, Arts Centre Melbourne has a Principal Partner

Making artistic performances “more accessible” was a key factor in Arts Centre Melbourne’s decision to bring Bank of Melbourne on board as its first ever Principal Partner, and what better reason is there?

Spire from Hamer Hall - David Simmonds Photography
Spire from Hamer Hall – David Simmonds Photography

According to an official press release, the Partnership will enable four key programming initiatives in 2016 and support plans for change and ambitious excellence in 2016 and beyond.

“Arts Centre Melbourne has gone through a process of transformation over the past two years, thanks to the generous support of government, corporate partners and private individuals. We look forward to collaborating with Bank of Melbourne as we roll out the welcome mat next year and beyond,” Arts Centre Melbourne’s CEO, Claire Spencer said today.

Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Scott Tanner said, “Bank of Melbourne is proud to partner with Arts Centre Melbourne to bring the arts to even more Victorians. Whether it’s a local theatre production or an international chamber music performance, Arts Centre Melbourne has been a cornerstone of Melbourne’s cultural landscape for the past three decades. We look forward to celebrating our culturally vibrant city together.”

Arts Centre Melbourne already has a host of wonderful ongoing initiatives in place for artists, artists-in-training and the arts loving community. From the Melbourne Arts Walk to the free public arts participation projects found in the Betty Amsden Participation Program. From the Performing Arts Collection to the First Call Fund – a subsidy program for Victorian primary and secondary school and community groups facing barriers of access to live performances due to distance, disadvantage or special circumstance – Arts Centre Melbourne enriches the Victorian arts community every day.

With this Principal Partnership now in place with Bank of Melbourne, great things are in store for the Victorian arts community and its audiences.

Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer and Bank of Melbourne CEO Scott Tanner

Other Arts Centre Melbourne Initiatives

Melbourne Arts Walk
Arts Card
 → Eligible artists and arts workers will have access to specially priced tickets and hospitality as well as a range of artist-only events including talks, masterclasses and industry forums
Betty Amsden Participation Program → free public arts participation projects including Play Me I’m Yours and Home
The Channel → Art Centre Melbourne’s new participation and creative learning facility/centre specialising in music, sound and media technology
Performing Arts Collection → Australia’s largest and most important collection of performing arts history and traditions
Access program for children with disabilities →relaxed, non-verbal and accessible performances for children with disabilities
Training → Arts Centre Melbourne is a registered training organisation that trains young people in staging, lighting and sound skills each year.
Dig Deep → Arts Centre Melbourne’s flagship hip-hop and urban music mentoring program Dig Deep supports the development of young people
First Call Fund → a subsidy program for Victorian primary and secondary school and community groups facing barriers of access to live performances due to distance, disadvantage or special circumstance. Subsidy is awarded for 25 Subsidy is awarded for 25%-100% off the full ticket price per student for any Education Performance, or related program as determined by selection criteria
Tours → Backstage, Phantoms of the Theatre, Theatres and Exhibition and Schools
Sunday Market

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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