Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Boosted by A$9 Million in State and Federal Funds

Classic Arts News   Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Boosted by A$9 Million in State and Federal Funds
 
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will receive A$9 million in state and federal funding, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Deputy state arts minister John Hill announced funding amounting to A$2.1 million for the ASO, and the federal budget, which will be announced tomorrow, is expected to contain A$7 million.

A report released in mid-March had recommended separating Australia's six state orchestras from the ABC and downsizing the orchestras in Adelaide, Tasmania, and Queensland. Arts ministers in the affected states were quick to condemn the report.

The ASO has a debt of about A$2.3 million, which will be paid down by the new funding.

Rainer Joseps, the orchestra's chief executive, said, "This announcement is a very significant one [for] the ASO; it's a rare occasion when such a significant amount of money is pledged to an arts organization."


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