Performing for cash
CREATIVITY is the key to NORPA Lismore's future funding, and the troupe is choreographing a sustainable future for itself.
The first source is via grants: NORPA has been short-listed in the selection process to be named an "emerging key organisation" by the Australian Council for the Arts.
The Northern Rivers arts company is the only regional troupe selected in the final list of 12 at national level this year, from a total of 31 applications.
Only four "emerging key organisations" will be chosen by the Australian Council of the Arts, which means $150,000 of funding for three years.
Julian Louis, artistic director and CEO of NORPA, confirmed that his organisation was officially invited to apply recently and results will be revealed in September.
The second source is via donations: Any money donated to them by a business or a person is tax deductible, and NORPA wants to capitalise on this idea.
Around 1000 businesses and individuals will receive a direct letter next week from NORPA, urging them to take advantage of tax-deductible donations this end of financial year.
The appeal will be based on the message "help us create, support and foster" artistic development in the Northern Rivers.
The company will accept donations from as little as $50.
"It would really help with infrastructure needs, resourcing our team and support us in planning," he said.
"At the moment we go year to year. Every year we have to justify our existence and our programming."
He listed Open House, a circus show produced at a real house, and Railway Wonderland which was a site-specific show, as examples of original productions that offered audiences easy access for everyone.
"We are saying that theatre is about being involved in an event, is about experiences, and that's one of the aspect of our strong case. The other is premiering new works by leading Australian companies," he added.