FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016 MEDIA RELEASE
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL 4-YEAR ORGANISATIONAL FUNDING OUTCOMES
Red Stitch Actors Theatre is disappointed to advise that we were unsuccessful in our application for Australia Council four-year operational funding. This decision means that we will no longer benefit from the modest Australia Council organisational funding we have received since 2009.
Since its establishment 15 years ago by a small group of dedicated artists, Red Stitch has flourished. The company has enjoyed creative prosperity, providing a cultural hub for numerous actors, writers, directors, designers and production personnel to develop their practice, explore new opportunities and promote a vibrant arts community. Red Stitch tours nationally and supports numerous emerging artists each year through our graduate program.
In recent years our multi-award winning company has increased new audiences, improved artists’ wages, and extended our INK new Australian writing program, which has thrived and achieved great critical success. However, programs like INK involve some of the highest-cost work Red Stitch does, requiring a significant investment of time, talent and resources. In these challenging times, Red Stitch remains committed to this program and to telling new Australian stories, and will continue to prioritise increasing artist wages to more sustainable levels. As is the case with many exceptional small-to-medium companies that have been affected, this funding outcome will put significant financial pressure on our organisation.
We have made consistent efforts to diversify income streams to ensure our financial sustainability. We will maintain our programs; however, the impact of the cuts will be substantial and felt by artists and staff within the organisation, as well as the many guest artists, creatives and emerging arts workers who benefit from Red Stitch programs. We are grateful to our Kindred members: a community of passionate theatregoers who recognise the critical contribution that Red Stitch makes to the national arts landscape. Red Stitch relies on the generous support of these donors, as well as philanthropic trusts and foundations, to underpin our continuing mission to advance the vitality of Australian theatre.
We thank our benefactors and colleagues in the sector for their ongoing support of Red Stitch. And thank you to everyone who has contributed over the past 15 years to making Red Stitch what it is today. Please continue to patronise our theatre and donate if you can. We look forward to sharing great theatre with Melbourne and Australian audiences for many years to come.