2 April 2015—Support to put Australian arts on the international stage

2 April 2015

Today I am announcing grants to three leading Australian arts companies to support them in their international endeavours.

Over $600,000 will be used by the Australian World Orchestra, the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and the Queensland Show Choir to present their work to international audiences and showcase the excellent quality of the arts in Australia.

A grant of $550,000 has been awarded to the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) to support administration costs for 2015 and to maintain the Orchestra’s standard of international artistic excellence. This funding will assist the AWO to perform their 2015 Concert Series with conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the 2015 Regional Chamber music concerts, as well as to develop plans for future activities.

The AWO brings together Australia’s finest orchestral musicians from Australia and around the world, including a number of musicians who hold leading positions in the world’s great orchestras such as the Berlin, Vienna and Israel Philharmonics. Attracting artists of the calibre of Sir Simon Rattle, who is the artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic, is testament to the AWO’s reputation as a world leading orchestra.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus will receive $49,450 towards the costs of performing at the Australia in Turkey cultural festival in 2015. Following sell-out seasons in Sydney and Melbourne last year and two major award nominations, the circus has been invited to perform Circus Under My Bed in Istanbul and Ankara and will also participate in a number of community workshops and artistic and cultural exchanges.

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is both an elite-level circus training school and an award-winning performing arts company. This grant will enable 16 young artists to travel from their headquarters in Albury-Wodonga to Turkey and showcase their extraordinary circus performance skills.

The Queensland Show Choir has been granted $6,000 to support a delegation travelling to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the United States of America in April 2015. The delegation will attend the 65th anniversary celebrations of the school’s unique jazz choir, the Singing Hoosiers. The Queensland Show Choir’s founder and Jacobs School alumnus, Robert Clark, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the celebrations.

This delegation will develop an artistic collaboration between the Queensland Show Choir and the Singing Hoosiers. It will support the further development of the unique jazz choir art form in Australia and assist in developing the choir’s plans to tour internationally in the future.