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KCA Statement

Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) Creditors of Carriageworks

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— Announcement following the Second Meeting of Carriageworks Creditors, 11am Tuesday 21 July 2020.

On 5 May 2020, the Board of Carriageworks appointed Voluntary Administrators citing an “irreparable loss of income” due to Government restrictions on public gatherings.

This announcement followed the conclusion of the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) on Saturday 14 March at Carriageworks.

Carriageworks is one of four partners of the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) along with Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Keir Choreographic Award was initiated in 2014 as a national biennial award dedicated to commissioning new Australian choreographic short works.

Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts understand that a number of Keir Choreographic Award artists and international jury members are creditors in Carriageworks’ voluntary administration process. Following the acceptance of the Deed of Arrangement confirmed at the Second Creditors Meeting on 21 July 2020, creditors are expected to receive a 20–30% dividend of their payment.

Dancehouse completed financial and project delivery of the Keir Choreographic Award in Melbourne with investment from The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts. The Melbourne season concluded on 7 March 2020.

Following Carriageworks’ announcement, Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts have announced a joint repayment package to KCA artists and jury creditors to make-up the shortfall in owed payments by Carriageworks.

Josh Wright, CEO/ Artistic Director of Dancehouse says, “Dancehouse is an organisation committed to the careers and livelihoods of independent dance artists. Regardless of these difficult circumstances, it is not acceptable for artists to be left un-remunerated for their work. I wish to personally thank The Keir Foundation and Australia Council for the Arts for their commitment to these principles.”

Adrian Collette, CEO Australia Council says, “We are pleased to work with The Keir Foundation and Dancehouse to ensure KCA artists and jury members are remunerated. These are extraordinary and challenging times and it is vital for organisations to work together to ensure support for the livelihoods of artists.”

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