Packer targets western Sydney with $60 million arts
pledge - 12th November 2013
and Community Charity
Packer admits he may not be "the most committed
art and theatre goer", but his $60 million Sydney
Arts Fund assures him the best seat in the house,
should he one day choose to catch a show or take in
on Tuesday pledged a philanthropic contribution to
the Sydney arts community of $30 million from the
Crown Resorts Foundation as part of his casino's corporate
social responsibility programs. A further $30 million
will come from the Packer family, beginning in the
2014/15 financial year. The money is to be dispensed
over 10 years starting in 2014-15.
of the funding will be committed to and spent in western
Sydney organisations and institutions can apply
for funding "awarded on merit", according
to a statement issued by Crown.
Independent cultural advisers will be appointed from
western Sydney to advise and support the CRF board
in the awarding of western Sydney grants.
the remaining $30 million, Sydney Theatre Company
will receive $15 million and the Art Gallery of NSW
further $5 million will flow to the Museum of Contemporary
Art, Bangarra Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra,
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company,
Sydney Opera House and a number of others.
the fund will consider applications or requests as
they come in, "that list has yet to be determined",
a Crown spokesman said.
am most excited about providing funding for western
Sydney arts projects," Mr Packer said. "For
too long the vast majority of Sydney's population
has missed out on this sort of endeavour and many
of these organisations have had to exist on the tightest
budgets. I know local western Sydney organisations
will make the funds go a long way and touch many people's
lives for the better."
CRF board, chaired by Helen Coonan, will administer
the proposed fund and will receive support and advice
from Gretel Packer, "who was instrumental in
developing this initiative", according to the
people of Sydney have been wonderful to my family
and we feel very lucky to live in this community,"
Mr Packer said. "As a philanthropic contribution,
this long-term commitment is comparatively modest,
but our hope is that the funding will contribute positively
to these cultural institutions and allow them to reach
out further, ensuring many more people can access
their artistic endeavours.
may not be the most committed art and theatre goer,
but I know from my own family how much joy the arts
can provide; all Sydneysiders should have access to
see the very best art and performances." (The
Sydney Morning Herald)