$5.9 million funding injection welcomed in Western Australia

Major companies such as WASO, WA Opera and Black Swan will benefit the most, while 35 small-to-medium companies and two regional galleries also gain additional support.
Western Australia. Arts funding injection. Image is bundles of $100 notes photographed close up.

Western Australia’s peak arts body has welcomed the investment of almost $6 million in new funding for the state’s major performing arts companies, while also urging the State Government to do more to support the sector as a whole.

The Cook Labor Government’s funding announcement, made last week as part of WA’s 2024-2025 State Budget, is designed to support major arts sector employers, namely Black Swan State Theatre Company, Marrugeku Inc, West Australian Ballet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and West Australian Opera.

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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