Discounts and benefits: Arts Centre Melbourne is looking after artists

Arts Centre Melbourne today launched the ARTS CARD – a brand new initiative designed to support practicing artists and arts workers in Australia and beyond.

Arts Centre Aerial. Image supplied.
Arts Centre Aerial. Image supplied.

Artists and arts workers in possession of an Arts Card will have access to specially priced tickets and hospitality as well as a range of artist-only events including talks, masterclasses and industry forums. Arts Card will be granted if an individual can provide evidence they are currently working as an artist or arts worker with direct involvement in the making or presenting of professional artistic work either locally, nationally or internationally.

“Arts Centre Melbourne is dedicated to nurturing and supporting our local talent,” said Artistic Development Program Manager Simon Abrahams.

“The Arts Card is one of the many new initiatives in our 2013 Artistic Development Program and we hope to encourage our local arts community into our buildings like never before. With discounted tickets and hospitality, and exclusive cardholder events among the many benefits, we hope to see Arts Card holders continuing robust discussions in our foyers and bars long after the curtain has fallen.”

Some of the main food and beverage outlets at Arts Centre Melbourne have come on board to offer special discounts to Arts Card holders. Discounts will also be found at the The Famous Spiegeltent’s bars, including the Tram Bar.

In addition, Arts Card holders will also have exclusive, up-close-and-personal access to some of the world-renowned artists touring through Arts Centre Melbourne.  These include industry talks and masterclasses with the cast of The National Theatre of Great Britain’s One Man Two Guvnors, Bangarra’s Stephen Page and South Australia’s Windmill Theatre.

Applications can be filled out online and submitted for approval.  Arts Cards are valid on a calendar year basis and renewals will be due each January.

For more information on Arts Centre Melbourne’s Artistic Development Program or how to apply for an Arts Card, please visit

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

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