Although private patronage and the arts have been linked for centuries, cultural philanthropy has not typically been associated with literature in the same way that it is with art galleries, libraries, museums, and performing arts companies. But this is changing. Since we launched our Patrons Program in 2007, we’ve been delighted by the diversity, enthusiasm, and loyalty of our generous supporters. At the end of 2007 we had eleven founding Patrons. We now have well over one hundred, and the list of Patrons occupies two pages in each issue of the magazine. We are regularly contacted by new and renewing Patrons and donors who believe in actively supporting Australian literary culture.
By donating to the magazine, our supporters are not only championing Australian Book Review, but also the cause of Australian literature. Every contribution, large or small, has a genuine impact. Those who donate to ABR are helping us to encourage new writers with poetry, essay, and short story competitions; to develop our Fellowships program; to publish more fine new writing in the magazine; to protect and promote Australia’s literary heritage; and to initiate public awareness and debate about literature and ideas throughout Australia. Patrons make a tangible contribution to this vibrant agency of literary ideals.
Without the generosity of our Patrons and donors, many of the popular and diverse programs run by ABR would simply not be possible. Thanks to their donations, we have been able to expand the magazine’s programs and to support Australian writing through Patrons’ Fellowships, lucrative prizes such as the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and the development of ABR Online Edition. Last year – our fiftieth birthday year – was an auspicious one for ABR. Now we look forward to introducing major new programs and features, including a range of eBooks and other online initiatives.
We always enjoy meeting our Patrons, and throughout the year we host of range of events, with noted speakers such as Alex Miller and Patrick McCaughey.
Philanthropy Manager, Australian Book Review