Foundation

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of generations to come and to give young South Australians an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation was established in 1999.

Foundation donors care about the creative future of South Australia and recognise that the arts are an essential part of our lives. Doing more than simply providing entertainment, the arts celebrate our identity, heritage and diversity. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

You can support the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation and its work by giving in a number of ways.

Find out more about these below, or read about our 2020 Vision.

Support Her Majesty’s Theatre

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation has been a key player in raising funds to ensure the success of the $66 million redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre. The foundation’s fundraising made possible the $2 million purchase in 2015 of the building at 62 Grote Street, adjacent to the theatre. Since then the Foundation has raised more than $4.6M towards the target of $5M target for this project.  The Foundation is now inviting people to purchase a theatre seat plaque dedicated to themselves or a loved one through Her Majesty’s Theatre Buy A Seat Campaign.  Don’t want a seat? Any donation great or small will contribute to the project that will ensure Adelaide has another 100 years of theatre memories to share with future generations.

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Support a Foundation Program

Whether you want to directly support tickets, a performance, someone’s career potential and development, or simply be a part of our history – there is a program for you to donate to:


Equity Tix 

Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrED is committed to equity and access for all South Australian students by providing Equity prices and transport subsidies for identified schools with disadvantage. South Australian regional and disadvantaged schools are invited to contact centrED to apply for transport subsidies should travel costs prohibit attendance at an Adelaide Festival Centre presented performance or workshop.

An annual donation of:
$2,000 will subsidise 100 student tickets
$4,000 will subsidise 200 student tickets
$10,000 will subsidise 500 student tickets

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Something on Saturday Workshops
Participation in arts learning and exploration is an important part of all of our programs. The Foundation provides financial support to help provide free and engaging workshops for children as part of the Something On Saturday program. This important introduction for young people and their families provides an experience for future engagement and fosters lifelong learning in the arts.

An annual donation of:
$250 will enable 50 children to participate in the free art workshops
$2,500 will enable 500 children to participate in the free art workshops
$5,000 will enable 1,000 children to participate in the free art workshops

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OnStage Performing Arts School Holiday Workshops
Adelaide Festival Centre runs performing arts workshops throughout the school holidays. The very best dance, theatre and vocal instructors teach all areas of performing arts and encourage confidence, communication and leadership skills, all the while remembering that theatre is fun!

“You want me to name only one highlight? Impossible! For me, everything was a highlight, right from the meet and greet until the final performance and farewell. But maybe one highlight was the acting course with Sean Reilly - awesome! Now I believe I can be a singer, actress and cabaret performer!”

          – Charlee Watt, 2020 Foundation-funded OnStage participant from Port Lincoln

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GreenRoom Membership and Advocacy Program
Adelaide Festival Centre’s membership program for young people aged 18-30, offering an exclusive ‘backstage’ experience to Adelaide Festival Centre and the arts. The program’s advocacy arm focuses on professional development mentoring and work experience for the next generation of arts workers.

An annual donation of:
$150 will support one participant in a GreenRoom activity/event/forum
$1,500 will enable a GreenRoom event/activity/forum to happen
$20,000 will enable the GreenRoom Advocacy program to operate for one year

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Steel Ryan Fellowship
A 12 month fellowship, open as a priority to people of First Nations heritage, to develop their career in the arts. Predominantly across programming and marketing, as an employee of Adelaide Festival Centre.

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Bob Hawke Fellowship
Affording the opportunity for a young arts administrator of Chinese citizenship to spend 10 months working at Adelaide Festival Centre.

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OzAsia Festival Children and Young People’s Education Program
The aim of this Fund is to: provide cultural exchange between Asia and Australia; to assist in attracting the best Asian artists to perform in Australia as part of OzAsia Festival; to facilitate international visits; and to build an artist exchange program between Asia and Australia.

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Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship
Year 11 and 12 recipients of this scholarship will participate in the Class of Cabaret program culminating in a group performance during Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Each scholarship is valued at up to $5000 to assist with travel, accommodation and private vocal tuition in order for the selected student to participate in the program in Adelaide throughout Term 1 and 2 each year. In addition, Adelaide Festival Centre's CentrED program will provide a SACE teacher to guide each student through assessments to achieve SACE Community Studies Stage 1 or Creative Arts Stage 2 accreditation by the conclusion of the program. Applications open each year in July for the one scholarship position per year.

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Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Classical Competition
The Adelaide International Classical Guitar Competition is the most prestigious guitar competition in the Southern Hemisphere and has provided career-launching opportunities for six incredible young guitarists: Jin-Hee Kim (South Korea) in 2010, Andrey Lebedev (Australia) in 2012, Bogdan Mihailescu (Romania) in 2014, Marko Topchii (Ukraine) in 2016, Miles Johnston (Australia) in 2018 and Andrew Blanch (Australia) in 2019 and Pietro Locatto (Italy) in 2020.

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Swan Song Bequest Program
For 40 years Adelaide Festival Centre has benefited from the support of many generous and passionate individuals. Leaving a bequest marks your meaningful bond, and your belief in the future of South Australian art and culture.

Your bequest is a truly enduring way to ensure that younger generations are able to experience and enjoy the thrill of live performance through a lasting and invaluable legacy. Be assured that your generosity will continue to support young artists and audiences for the next 40 years.

We appreciate the decision to make a bequest is personal. If you wish to advise us of your decision or discuss how you would like to direct your gift, please contact our Manager, Philanthropy on (08) 8216 8826.