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Crean consolidates philanthropic bodies

NSW Minister for the Arts the Hon Simon Crean yesterday (1 August) announced a new institution to drum up more private support for the arts would launch by July 2013. The Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Australia Council’s Artsupport Australia program will merge to create the new institution promoting philanthropy. Both the Australia Council and media agency owner and philanthropist Harold Mitchell in recent reviews have recommended a single body be established to drive private giving. Crean said: “It will join the dots between facilitating private giving and philanthropy, encouraging sponsorship and corporate giving, building partnerships between artists, business and private donors, and recognising the contribution of philanthropists and the business sector in supporting the arts.” Australia Council Chair Rupert Myer AM and AbaF Chair Terry Campbell AO will form part of a steering committee establishing the new body over the next 11 months. Campbell will continue as AbaF chair until 30 June, 2013. In the 2012–13 budget the Government allocated $3.2 million over two years supporting the continuation of AbaF and its amalgamation with the Australia Council’s Artsupport program. Further details available here.