Arts Support Program

Governance Institute of Australia announces 2023 Arts Support Program collaborators

Leading First Nations dance organisation BlakDance and the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra have been announced as the 2023 Governance Institute Art Support Program collaborators.

Based in Brisbane, BlakDance enables First Nations contemporary choreographers, dance companies and their communities to connect, collaborate and create works for local, national and international audiences.

Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra consists of 80 highly-trained, passionate musicians, with a goal to offer audiences an accessible way to experience live music.

Both organisations said their organisations are booming as professional and aspiring artists return to the stage and audiences flock to live performances for leisure and a sense of community.

BlakDance Co-CEO Business Director, Kate Eltham said her organisation has recently experienced a rapid scale-up in the size and complexity of its activities which have come with a new set of challenges.

'With this rapid growth, we find the need to manage the changing context of risk and opportunity the organisation faces,' Ms Eltham said.

SCSO Management Committee Member Dr Emma Secomb said since reopening their doors the orchestra plays to 600-strong audiences. The increased patronage is supported by new ticketing technology and funding grants that require modern frameworks for responsible management.

'With our expansion as an organisation, our governance knowledge and practice needs to keep pace and this course will be very useful in ensuring we maintain as high a standard in our governance practice as we aim for musically,' Dr Secomb said.

Governance Institute CEO Megan Motto congratulated BlakDance and Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra on their successful applications.

'We are thrilled to be collaborating with two performing arts organisations who have shown incredible resilience during some of the toughest business years on record,' Ms Motto said.

'These organisations were chosen due to their increased need for governance frameworks, and this collaboration will bring important governance skills and knowledge to the performing arts community.'

Each of our collaborators receives online access to the Certificate in Governance and Risk Management — the gateway to membership with Governance Institute and industry-recognised postnominals GIA(Affiliated).

Governance Institute of Australia Arts Support Program was designed to help the Australian arts community throughout the pandemic, and we’re thrilled to continue our support in 2023. 

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