Queensland Symphony Orchestra today proudly announced Australia Pacific LNG as Principal Partner of the QSO.
The new partnership builds on the successful four year relationship between both organisations to encourage music education in regional Queensland.
Australia Pacific LNG and QSO will continue to present their unique package of music programs regionally, with the Australia Pacific LNG logo taking pride of place on all QSO’s signage and branding.
The increased support will see an expansion of the music initiatives previously based in Gladstone and surrounding areas, to also include Chinchilla, Miles and Roma.
QSO Interim Chief Executive Rodney Phillips said QSO was excited to continue the collaborative approach of both organisations to build cultural capital in the regions.
“This is a truly outstanding partnership; one that leaves a lasting legacy in regional Queensland and year after year works closely with local communities to deliver exceptional musical experiences,” Mr Phillips said.
“Partnerships are critical to the success of QSO. This extra funding gives the Orchestra enhanced capacity to truly connect with music lovers right across our huge State.”
The Gladstone Enrichment through Music Initiative (GEM Initiative) presented by Australia Pacific LNG and QSO supports local students, teachers and community musicians year-round, through a suite of instrument demonstrations, small group tutorials, professional development workshops, performance opportunities and access to both streamed and live orchestral concerts.
Since the Gladstone project began in 2012, workshop participants have increased by 82% while more than 3,830 students attended instrument demonstrations in 2015.
Australia Pacific LNG’s Chief Financial Officer, Mark McCabe said: “We’re delighted that the educational and community elements of our partnership with the QSO keep getting stronger each year.
“We are committed to supporting the communities in which we work and have been impressed with the impact this musical education project has had in Gladstone and the surrounding areas.
“As Principal Partner of QSO we will strengthen the resolve of both organisations, to ensure quality music education is easily accessible to communities in regional Queensland.
“We look forward to working with the Orchestra to develop new initiatives in Gladstone and also expand the project to Chinchilla, Miles and Roma,” Mr McCabe said.
QSO is the state’s largest professional performing arts organisation, connecting with more than of 1.6 million people in 2015 and committed to championing music education especially in regional Queensland.