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WASO continues winning ways

22/10/2008 - 22:00

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THE West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has won three national awards, two with its business partner, Ernst & Young, at a ceremony showcasing the nation's best business and arts partnerships.

WASO continues winning ways

THE West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) has won three national awards, two with its business partner, Ernst & Young, at a ceremony showcasing the nation's best business and arts partnerships.

In total, business arts relationships from Western Australia won four of 13 national awards at the 2008 Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards presented in Melbourne last week.

In what was a significant achievement, WASO and Ernst & Young won the top award, the AbaF Partnership of the Year.

WASO and Ernst & Young also won the Bytecraft Entertainment Commitment Award, and WASO won the AbaF Giving Award for 'Patrons of WASO', a giving program launched in 2005, which has more than doubled donations to the orchestra and attracted long-term donors.

Another WA winner was AWESOME Arts and its business partner BHP Billiton Nickel West, which won the QantasLink Regional Award for their partnership, which provides young people in regional communities with arts education programs.

Ernst & Young and WASO's partnership has grown from an $800 sponsorship in 1995 into a relationship valued at more than $1 million. A feature of the partnership is the Ernst & Young 'Pops in the Park', which brings together popular artists with the orchestra.

WASO has appeared with a variety of musicians including Ben Folds, Ben Lee, Tex Perkins, Tim Rogers and The Whitlams.

WASO's winning streak has continued on from last year, when the orchestra won the City of Sydney Encouragement Award with its business partner, CBH Group.

AbaF WA manager, Henry Boston said WA had won 25 awards since the awards began in 2001.

"That's an amazing average of three per year," Mr Boston told WA Business News.

"With five winners last year and four this year, Western Australia is consistently producing business arts partnerships of the highest calibre.

"Business arts relationships coming out of WA will survive the current financial crisis because they're based on strong foundations."

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