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Join our Gifts in Wills supporter circle

Betty Amsden loved Arts Centre Melbourne. She was family here, it was home. Her love was born out of a shared commitment to community that only deepened over her 30 years with us.

Betty’s relationship with Arts Centre Melbourne began as a member, joining soon after the Centre opened in 1982. She then became one of our first Arts Angels when the giving program was introduced ten years later. In the years that followed she enthusiastically supported a range of programs and projects, with a particular passion for initiatives designed for children and young people. She often said: “They are the future.” It seemed to her vital that they should benefit from the arts, not merely as spectators but as active participants.

The Betty Amsden Participation Program, launched in 2014 with an initial four-year pledge, was the result of her shining vision to provide opportunities for everyone to experience the joy of taking part in a creative process and enable a deep connection to others through their Arts Centre Melbourne. Her landmark bequest ensured that the Program will continue well into the future.

Betty’s generosity of spirit meant that she also gave her time and wisdom to help the community recognise the importance of giving back so that future generations could enjoy a thriving performing arts scene in Victoria.

It is in her honour, and as a continuing reminder of the joy and values she brought to Arts Centre Melbourne, that we name our Gifts in Wills society the Amsden Ensemble.

"Thank you so much for providing the forum for my daughter and me to connect over music in such an amazing way."

Participant, 'Those Who Rock'

Membership benefits

As one of our valued Amsden Ensemble members we will show our appreciation and acknowledgement through a range of recognition and benefits:

  • Thank you certificate, exclusive membership access card and Welcome Pack
  • Invitations to two Amsden Ensemble Member events per year, plus additional invitations to Arts Centre Melbourne Tours and other gatherings.
  • Priority booking for Arts Centre Melbourne shows
  • Discounts on parking, valet service, and Arts Centre Melbourne cafés and bars
  • Recognition in the Arts Centre Melbourne Annual Report, Encore magazine, foyer boards and on the Arts Centre Melbourne website (optional if you prefer to remain anonymous)
  • Regular Arts Centre Melbourne updates and exclusive Amsden Ensemble newsletters.

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