23
Apr
13

YOUR Theatre Co is GO! It Really IS Cool to Be Kind!

 

YOUR Theatre Co is GO

 

YOUR Theatre Co

 

A world first, YOUR Theatre Co launched yesterday in Brisbane at Metro Arts.

 

 

YOUR Theatre Co is a fully audience-funded company based in Brisbane and they need YOUR help. Why? Yep. You got it.

 

If you’re a follower of this blog-soon-to-be-website (HI! THANK YOU! WELCOME BACK!), you already know that paid performing arts work is hard to find!

 

Look, I’d love to use Floating Land as an example here but I’m afraid you’ll have to wait to hear about THAT saga until after it’a all done and dusted! Suffice to say, at XS Entertainment, all we want is for the show to go ON! Floating Land is such a spectacular Sunshine Coast festival, which went global in a few short years, and looks now to be under threat due to a series of unfortunate events and a toxic combination of factors that can’t be openly discussed…yet! Let’s hope that those with the power to do so can find their integrity in time to make the right decisions, to protect and professionally engage our talented artists and directors as promised.

 

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Artists include: Andrew Vievers, Bianca Beetson, David and Sarah Burraston, Elizabeth Poole, Artmakers Noosa, Gail Robinson, Mia Hacker, Judy Barrass, Kris Martin, Linsey Pollak, Richard Newport, Pauline Casely-Hayford, Bark Lab, Common Threads, Tamara Kirby, Corrie Wright, Attakalari and Curious Works, James Muller, Michel Tuffery, Maryann Talia Pau, Kari Roberts, Stephen Roberts, Leweton Cultural Group, Simon McVerry, Adrienne McVerry, Kevin McMahon, Beverly Hand, ASSI, Noel Bird, Kendra Naderi, Krishna Nahow, William Malpoa, Steve Weis, Kin Kin Community Group, NICA, Noosa Library and Writers Group, Tamsin Kerr, Ross Annels, Lyndon Davis, Brent Miller, Nathan Morgan, Kerry Jones, Kim Guthrie, Rowley Drysdale, Fee Plumley, Daniel Blinkhorn, Andrea Polli, Lenni Semmelink, Rene Bahloo, Lake Cootharaba Art Group, Johannes Laumer, Bianca Tainsh.

 

YOUR Theatre Co

Sam Klingner and Jeremy Hansen have created YOUR Theatre Co to provide greater employment opportunities for artists in Australia. At a media launch yesterday, industry peeps and special guests enjoyed appearances from talent that included Conrad Coleby, Matty Johnston, Samantha Hardgrave Chloe Thiel, bringing the spotlight back to our local performers and highlighting the need to remain active in creating paid work in the Performing Arts. If you’ve seen any of Brisbane’s professional productions lately, I know you’ll agree. If you’ve seen a few of the more competent community productions (by which I mean most artists involved in the productions are unpaid) I’m sure you’d be quick to point out that there is immense talent there too, and that we should be doing whatever we can to produce work that allows actors, singers, dancers, designers, directors, writers and musicians to PAY THIER RENT AND EAT FROM TIME TO TIME. I know. We artists ask a LOT!

 

But rather than the old-school model of major corporate sponsorship or subscriber dollars and donations, Klingner and Hansen aim to fund the company and its theatrical productions via the crowdfunding platform indiegogo.com

 

By contributing, you make it YOUR Theatre Co. That’s right. You buy in and receive naming rights, voting rights, exclusive VIP status and tickets to all the shows. It’s brilliant! Now we have fifty-nine days remaining to see if we can make it work.

IT REALLY IS COOL TO BE KIND

 

 

This is an excerpt from an article by Andrew Taylor, which appeared originally in the Sydney Morning Herald April 20th 2013

 

Augusta Supple hardly lives an extravagant life. She rents a modest flat in Petersham for $400 a week and drives a 1980 Toyota Corona known at her local cafe as the Beast.

 

Yet the 33-year-old artist and arts administrator has donated $6000 to the Griffin Theatre Company over the past four years.

 

”It’s not like I’m a multimillionaire or even a millionaire,” she says. ”I come from a poor background. I do it because it’s something I feel strongly about – putting your money where your mouth is.”

 

Supple describes her philanthropy as an investment in her community. Other young people are motivated by altruism, admiration for an artist’s skill or a desire to meet like-minded people.

 

Regardless of their motivations or wealth, Supple and her contemporaries are increasingly being sought as potential donors by arts companies. It is a matter of necessity as public funding shrinks and subscribers age.

 

”Obviously it’s about the sustainability of the company,” says Griffin’s general manager, Simon Wellington. ”The scope of programs we deliver is much broader than in the past, the investment we put into developing artists and new work is larger so we need to increase the diversity of our income streams.”

 

But luring young donors is a different prospect from attracting their parents and grandparents. Arts companies’ strategies for approaching potential supporters have grown more sophisticated. The Sydney Dance Company, for example, has used crowdfunding to pay for a scholarship for emerging dancer Holly Doyle. The Keep Holly Dancing campaign features a website (ayearonthewharf.com) with a video of Doyle performing. Viewers can see more of the dance as fund-raising goals are met.

 

There has been a dramatic increase in donations to performing arts companies since 2002, according to figures from the Australian Major Performing Arts Group. The 2011 survey found philanthropy had increased from $7.2 million in 2002 to $34.6 million in 2011, outpacing growth in corporate sponsorship. The survey also found that, for the first time, philanthropic donations provided the largest proportion of income to the sector.

 

Australia has a long history of charitable bequests but the deputy chief executive of Philanthropy Australia, Anna Draffin, says donating money while you are alive is becoming more popular. She says younger people are willing to donate not only their wealth, but their skills and experience, too. ”They’re trying new ways of approaching philanthropy beyond the cheque book,” she says.

 

 

Augusta Supple, 33, artist and arts administrator

 

 

Donates to Griffin Theatre, Shopfront Contemporary Arts, Darlinghurst Theatre Company and organisations that support emerging artists. Supple estimates she has given $6000 to Griffin Theatre over the past four years.

 

Look carefully at the walls of the Griffin Theatre and you’ll see Supple listed as the proud purchaser of a brick, the symbol of her $3000 donation to the company’s capital works program.

 

”I have a belief in the company and the work it does and the ethos of people who work there and the fact it is dedicated to Australian writing,” she says.

 

Supple says her donations are an investment in things she believes in and has a personal connection with. ”I guess the heart of what I’m saying with my money is I don’t believe in a McDonald’s culture,” she says. She has no expectations of receiving anything in return. ”What I’m saying is, here is some money, do with it as you see fit. I trust absolutely and feel no compulsion or any sense of ownership. It’s a gift.”

 

 

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