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Resignation of Jenny Bott, CEO Australia Council.

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The Minister for Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today thanked Ms Jennifer Bott for her tireless work with the Australia Council.

“Under Jenny Bott’s leadership, the Australia Council achieved significant outcomes for Australia’s arts community, playing a key role in the Government’s strategic reviews of the major performing arts companies, the visual arts and crafts sector, and more recently, the orchestras,” Senator Kemp.

“Jenny Bott’s legacy will be an arts sector that it is now better funded, arts organisations and artists that have benefited from increased support, and initiatives that have enabled greater access for more Australians to experience and partake in the arts.

“Across the last 18 months, Ms Bott, together with then Australia Council Chairman, David Gonski, showed great personal commitment and leadership in taking the Australia Council through a period of major change, including the transition to a new structure for the Council,” Senator Kemp said.

Ms Bott announced her resignation as CEO of the Australia council today. She was appointed as CEO of the Australia Council in February 1999 for a five year term and was reappointed for further three years in February 2004.

Ms Bott was previously General Manager of Musica Viva Australia for seven years and previously worked with Opera Australia and the Arts Council of Australia (now Regional Arts Australia).

A recruitment process to replace Ms Bott will commence shortly and be managed by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, working closely with Australia Council Chairman, Mr James Strong AO.

The Australia Council is the Federal Government’s principal arts funding and advisory body and received funding of $152 million from the Australian Government in 2005-06.

15 August 2006

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