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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Additional funding for Company B

Media release
20 April 2010

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced $320,000 in additional Australian Government support for major Australian performing arts company, Company B, in 2010.

"Company B have forged a distinctive and important legacy of championing local playwrights and bringing forward productions which are authentic, gritty, innovative and engaging, while at the same time placing a premium on supporting Australia’s performing artists.

"Under the leadership of Neil Armfield, the company has cemented their reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative performing arts organisations.

"Productions like Cloudstreet, Keating! and Waiting for Godot have all enjoyed great success and critical acclaim and I’m sure that this additional funding will help ensure that Company B continues this record of achievement into the future."

Mr Garrett said the additional one-off funding would support Company B as they implement essential reforms to their remuneration structure in order to better reflect the marketplace.

"This extra financial support recognises the company’s commitment to modernising their business practice to ensure they remain artistically innovative and competitive and bringing forward performances that continue to reach out to audiences under the new leadership of Ralph Myers," Mr Garrett said.

The Australian Government supports 28 major performing arts companies and will contribute more than $92 million to the sector in 2010. This funding provides access to high quality arts performances for audiences around the country.

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