Røde Microphones donates six figure sum to Sydney Festival Anniversary Fund
AUSTRALIA: Plans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Festival in 2016 have been substantially bolstered by a six figure donation from Røde Microphones’ president Peter Freedman.
The donation was pledged at a small function hosted by Marie Bashir, governor of NSW. It is being used to form the founding capital for a Sydney Festival Anniversary Fund, which will support performing arts projects at the Festival from 2016 onwards with a special focus on, but not limited to, ‘international collaborations and opportunities for artists under the age of 40’.
A keen supporter of Australian arts, the Sydney-based company was founded as Freedman Electronics in 1967 by Henry and Astrid Freedman following their emigration from Sweden the previous year. Later transformed under the stewardship of Peter and Lou Freedman into Røde Microphones, the company is now recognised as one of Australia’s leading audio manufacturers, having won the 2012 NSW Exporter of the Year award. It also recently opened its RødeWorks design facility in the Sydney Central Business District as a ‘creative hub nurturing innovation’.
‘I am really proud to be supporting Sydney Festival because it brings together two of my passions: the joy of Sydney in summer, and exciting performances from local and international artists,’ Mr Freedman commented. ‘Sydney has been fantastic to me and my family, and at Røde we are always inspired by the performers who use our products. This is an opportunity to give back to my city, and support the Sydney Festival as it reaches new heights.’
Festival director Lieven Bertels was equally enthusiastic regarding the donation: ‘With a background in music recording and production myself, I am quite a passionate collector of new and vintage microphones, so I knew and admired Peter and his company before I moved to Sydney. Knowing what it feels like to move to Australia from abroad, Peter was one of the first NSW business leaders to personally welcome me to Sydney.
‘Last year, Røde Microphones came on board as a sponsor for a fun concert with Indonesian grunge rock band Navicula, and I am grateful Peter has decided to make this new substantial personal contribution to Sydney Festival. We promise to develop this Fund and align it to his passion for innovation and international collaboration. It is wonderful to have business leaders such as Peter who are passionate about performing arts and entertainment.’
Mr Freedman is also expected to encourage others to match his donation and become founding donors. ‘We are delighted to welcome Peter to our important circle of private supporters of Sydney Festival and encourage others to support one of Sydney's most loved celebrations,’ commented the Festival’s head of development, Malcolm Moir.
The 2014 edition of the Sydney Festival will take place from January 9th to 26th.