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Music & Construction Combine for Best Partnerships


Thursday, 25th October 2012 at 9:17 am
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A partnership between a symphony orchestra and a giant construction company has taken out two top prizes in the 2012 Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards.


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Music & Construction Combine for Best Partnerships
Thursday, 25th October 2012 at 9:17 am

Top prize winners Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Sitzler. Photo supplied.    

A partnership between a symphony orchestra and a giant construction company has taken out two top prizes in the 2012 Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards.

The 2012 AbaF Partnership of the Year was awarded to the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Sitzler Pty Ltd – one of the largest privately owned construction companies in Northern Australia. The partnership also won the Toyota Community Award.

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is made up of 60 volunteer musicians who live and work in the community. Together Sitzler and the DSO work to reach more and more people across the region with regular touring and inventive venue choices and their 20 year partnership has played a central role in tours to Alice Springs.

The 2012 AbaF Awards will be the last under the Foundation as the Federal Government is to merge the organisation with Artsupport Australia into an as yet unnamed single agency. 

The black-tie event in Melbourne saw over 700 leaders from the arts, business and philanthropy, as well as state winners from around Australia, gather for the national AbaF Awards with winners in areas of partnering, volunteering, access, giving and leadership.

The JBWere Philanthropy Leadership Award went to Patrick Corrigan AM -a successful businessman in the freight forwarding industry. He is Chairman of both the Gold Coast City Art Gallery and its Foundation and a Partner with the New England Regional Art Gallery. Corrigan’s contribution to Australian culture was formally acknowledged in 2000 when he was made a Member in the Order of Australia and in 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Bond University.

The other major awards include:

AbaF Partnering Award
Art Gallery of South Australia and Santos

AbaF Regional Award
KULCHA Multicultural Arts of Western Australia
and CITIC Pacific Mining

City of Melbourne SME Award
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and Ports North

Arts & Health Foundation Award
Australian Network for Art and Technology
and The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Australia Council Young and Emerging Artists Award
West Australian Opera and Wesfarmers

Visy Environmental Sustainability Award
Sydney Theatre Company and Greening the Wharf partners

Woodside Better Business Award
Renew Adelaide and Steve Maras

AbaF Giving Award
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

AbaF Arts Access Award
Adelaide Festival

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Arts Business Leadership Award
Gerard Vaughan AM

Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award
Kim Williams AM



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