Theatre Works launches petition to stop proposed funding cuts

Theatre Works launches petition to stop proposed funding cuts

Words by Kate Streader

City of Port Phillip is looking at cutting funding for six key arts organisations.

After weathering the devastating impact of the pandemic on the arts industry, Theatre Works is facing yet another blow as proposed funding cuts loom for the iconic St Kilda performing arts venue.

It’s amongst six arts organisations set to have funding slashed as part of City of Port Phillip’s 2021-31 council plan, along with Phillip Adams Ballet Lab, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, The Torch, and Rawcus.

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If passed, the decision would lead to job cuts, decreased opportunities for the creative community, and a less vibrant local arts scene.

In a bid to stop the council from going ahead with the cuts, Theatre Works is asking the community to back them in petitioning against the decision.

“We are asking this not only for us, but for the dynamic ecosystem of arts organisations and individuals which add cultural vibrancy to the city, and the creative tapestry of Melbourne and Australia,” wrote Theatre Works in a statement on Instagram.

The organisation has asked community members to sign the petition and pledge support for the local arts industry and its institutions before Sunday May 30, at which point the council will make their decision.


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Download and sign the petition template here before Sunday. You can also donate directly to Theatre Works here