Friday, 15 May 2020
Five WAAPA students have been named as the inaugural recipients of an exciting new initiative, the Artist Relief Fund’s Student Endowments, supported by Minderoo Foundation.
The endowments were announced at the 2020 Performing Arts WA Awards, presented by Artist Relief Fund WA in an online ceremony on Saturday 2 May.
The awards were presented to Angelica Lockyer (Acting), Sam Moloney (Music Theatre), Lila McGuire (Aboriginal Theatre), Indiana Mulherin (Dance) and Jacob Sgouros (Performing Arts).
In line with Artist Relief Fund WA’s mission to support artists at all stages of their careers, these awards will provide financial assistance to young emerging artists during their studies.
The Artist Relief Fund’s secretary Nick Maclaine congratulated all of the endowment recipients.
“These are extraordinarily difficult times for our industry,” he said. “We felt it was more necessary than ever for students training in the live performing arts to be acknowledged, celebrated and supported.”
In a video message recorded for the awards, Nicola Forrest, Co-Chair of Minderoo Foundation, said: “Minderoo is passionate about supporting emerging talent in WA, which is why we’ve worked with WAAPA over several years to support their Visiting Artist program.”
“We are pleased to now support these endowments for five outstanding students studying performance disciplines at WAAPA. We hope that these endowments will make it just that little bit easier for these exciting young artists to reach their potential.”
Professor David Shirley, Executive Dean of WAAPA at Edith Cowan University, said the endowments were a wonderful acknowledgement of the importance of arts training in Australia.
“We are delighted that Artist Relief Fund WA, supported by Minderoo Foundation, has chosen to support our students through these generous endowments,” he said. “They will allow the worthy recipients to complete their training and transition into the arts industry without undue financial burden.”
Performing Arts student Jacob Sgouros says that receiving the endowment will provide much-needed financial relief as he completes his final year of study.
“Finding work that fits around my study timetable has been surprisingly hard,” he says. “This award means that I can now take the time I need each week to focus on my degree without the added pressure of trying to find the money to survive.
“I am incredibly grateful to Minderoo Foundation, the Artist Relief Fund and WAAPA for this opportunity.”
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