$5 million gift from Betty Amsden to the Victorian Arts Centre

Melbourne benefactor Betty Amsden AO DSJ has made a $5 million donation to the performing arts with a major endowment to the Arts Centre, establishing the Betty Amsden Arts Education Endowment for Children. 

A self-made woman, Miss Amsden began work at 15.  During her working life she built and managed aged care facilities, lived modestly and invested astutely in commercial properties, real estate and the share market.  She began her association with the Arts Centre soon after it opened in the 1980s. Over the past 12 years she has donated more than $500,000, mostly in support of the artists-in-schools program, expansion of a music therapy program for disabled children and the introduction of a staff development grant. Her latest gift will enable the Arts Centre to program special Australian and international performances for children and young adults and create new works for young audiences.

Miss Amsden is a Governor of the Arts Centre Foundation and a former Chairman of the Philanthropists’ Council. Her gift will be one of the pillars of the Arts Centre Endowment Fund. It follows the recent endowment donation of $2 million from The Myer Foundation to support the Arts Centre’s new Asian theatre series. Members of the Myer family have also pledged a further $3 million to establish the $5 million Kenneth Myer Asian Theatre Series Endowment Fund.

Read the media release on the Major Donations page on the Philanthropy Australia website.

Jun. 09, 2009

 Tags: topical issues, general, arts

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