Losing long-term sponsors: crises or opportunities?

It’s often said that all good things must pass. But how many positives can you draw from the end of a major arts partnership?
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Last week, Perth Festival announced its 18-year partnership with energy company Chevron will end after the 2023 festival, and this morning, Santos announced it is walking away from its sponsorship of Darwin Festival’s opening night after a concerted campaign by Fossil Free Arts NT and NT Traditional Owners against the partnership.

In the case of Chevron’s long-time support of Perth Festival, the energy company’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs Kate Callaghan said in a statement that the company ‘has been honoured to support Perth Festival in providing audiences an enriching and unique arts experience for nearly two decades, including for the past 10 years as a major partner’.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).