$2 million bequest for independent dance sector is ‘truly unprecedented’

Fellowships for 10 mid-career artists and 10 independent artists are 'potentially life changing,' says choreographer Lucy Guerin.

A $2 million bequest – including 10 separate $100,000 fellowships for mid-career artists and 10 separate $50,000 fellowships for independent artists – is expected to have a ‘transformative’ effect on Australia’s contemporary dance sector.

The bequest, left by former Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) Chair Chloe Munro AO and administered by LGI, also includes $500,000 for the development and presentation of new works and general operations at LGI itself.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts