Last week, Playwriting Australia was successful in its application for $300,000 a year to the Australia Council for four-year funding. PWA was also fortunate to receive $200,000 a year for four years through the government’s Catalyst program. We are extremely grateful for this level of continued government support of new writing for the stage.
Our hearts go out to the organisations that have received sad news this week, and our congratulations to the existing and new organisations in the portfolio.
We want to explain our new funding situation.
The Catalyst grant offsets a major reduction in our Australia Council grant, from both core funding and project grants. Catalyst will create a long-term program of new work developments with producing companies across Australia. To help those most in need, we will particularly focus on supporting works from companies who have lost their funding.
While PWA is pleased to have been successful in our funding applications, we are very aware of the immense challenges many of our colleagues and partners are now facing throughout the industry. We offer them all of our support, and take very seriously the responsibilities that come with secured funding – making sure we provide excellent programs, advocacy and leadership to the new writing community.
It is a tribute to the bold and fierce dedication of all the defunded companies that so many will strive to continue, and PWA will do all it can to help the sector rebuild.
Playwriting Australia is working to transform the theatrical landscape. Within a generation we hope for a playwriting culture that reflects the Australia we live in, and we look to nurture that change with as many of you as possible.
Tim Roseman Atul Joshi
Artistic Director General Manager