How We Raised It – a new podcast series by Creative Partnerships Australia

Major philanthropic gifts to the arts has helped reshape Australia’s cultural sector benefiting artists, arts organisations and audiences everywhere.

How We Raised It – a new podcast series by Creative Partnerships Australia

Episode six now LIVE!

Exploring untold fundraising stories from some of Australia’s leading arts companies, Creative Partnerships’ first podcast series shares the transformational power of philanthropy from the arts leaders who secured this visionary support.

Hosted by Melissa Smith, Founder and CEO of Noble Ambition, How We Raised It features conversations with leaders from some of Australia’s most prominent arts companies such as The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company and the National Library of Australia. Hear how they curated multi-million dollar campaigns across the global financial crisis, navigated state and federal funding opportunities and delivered national record-breaking philanthropic campaigns to the arts.

Creative Partnerships CEO, Fiona Menzies said “The launch of our first podcast series provides new resources that we hope will inspire other arts companies to think about they can attract more private sector support and what they achieve through those partnerships.”

Their stories of giving to the arts highlight what’s possible when you build strong relationships with donors and stakeholders across the private sector who are willing to support your organisation’s endeavours and ambitions,” Menzies said.

Released weekly through our website, this six-part series is a must for fundraisers, arts leaders and philanthropists. The series launches with Liz Ann McGregor from Museum of Contemporary Art sharing the extraordinary story of how she secured one of Australia’s largest philanthropic gifts for contemporary art, and the MCA’s transformation into one of the world’s most visited contemporary art museums.

Subscribe now via Apple PodcastSpotify or your preferred podcast channel.

Episode 1 | Monday 8 November
Global financial crisis, Simon Mordant, 3 months and a call from Anthony Albanese: this is the story of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s $53 million campaign.

Featuring Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, former CEO, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Episode 2 | Monday 15 November
Hidden rooms, John Wylie, Jane Hansen and tattooed skateboarders: this is the story of the State Library of Victoria’s $28 million philanthropic campaign.
Featuring Kate Torney OAM, former Director, State Library of Victoria.

Episode 3 | Monday 22 November
The $30 million shower curtain: this is the story of Sydney Theatre Company’s landmark Wharf Renewal campaign.
Featuring Patrick McIntyre, former Executive Director, Sydney Theatre Company

Episode 4 | Monday 29 November
Succession, vision, uncertainty then the Neilson Nutshell: this is the story of Bell Shakespeare’s $3 million dollar gift.

Featuring Peter Evans, Artistic Director, Bell Shakespeare.

Episode 5 | Monday 6 December
Physios in cupboards, dancers at dinners and unwavering confidence: this is the story of The Australian Ballet’s $15 million’ Raising the Roof’ Campaign.

Featuring Libby Christie AM, Executive Director, The Australian Ballet.

Episode 6 | Monday 13 December
Ryan Stokes, Dame Nellie Melba and Patrick White’s reading glasses: this is the story of the National Library of Australia’s $30 million campaign ambitions.

Featuring Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General, National Library of Australia.

How We Raised It is commissioned by Creative Partnerships Australia, in partnership with Noble Ambition.