Westpac is supporting the Arts Foundation to produce events throughout New Zealand, profile New Zealand artists and increase philanthropic funding of the arts. In addition, Westpac is sponsoring Boosted, a website committed to removing the barriers between artists and financial backers, and encouraging up and coming artists.
As a major innovator in digital banking Westpac is aligned with the Arts Foundation’s vision to use digital innovation to increase philanthropic funding of the arts. Boosted has revolutionised the way donors can support artists by combining digital technology with philanthropic strategy and a rich knowledge base.
Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley says, “We are supporting the Arts Foundation’s digital innovation, Boosted, to help emerging and established artists, while providing exciting new ways for people to engage in the arts as donors”.
“We are committed to New Zealand and believe the arts is a vital part of a healthy society. The Arts Foundation is having a profound impact on the arts in New Zealand through its awards for talented artists. We are proud to support the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards so we can all celebrate and support New Zealand artists”.
The Arts Foundation awards half a million dollars every year to artists at the Westpac New Zealand Arts Awards. All cash awards are donated by Arts Foundation patrons, with Westpac providing support for the event. Simon Bowden, Executive Director of the Foundation says, “Westpac’s multi-year commitment is a real milestone [for the Arts Foundation]. It tells us we are on the right track, and gives confidence both to us in continuing our work to increase philanthropic support of the arts, and to prospective donors.”