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Shaw Festival receives boost to its fundraising efforts

Federal government encouraging private-sector donations by matching support to Festival’s endowment foundation

Media Release #8

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, April 27, 2012… The Shaw Festival, through its Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation, will receive a boost to its fundraising efforts thanks to the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Member of Parliament (Niagara Falls), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, at the Niagara-on-the-Lake theatre.

Citing a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important arts organizations, Minister Moore announcement today delivered on the government’s commitment to strengthen the economy and support the arts, culture and heritage.

“For 50 years, the Shaw Festival Theatre has been enriching local residents and visitors from all over the world,” said Minister Nicholson. “We are pleased to provide a boost to the festival’s endowment foundation by matching private-sector donations.”

“The Endowment Incentives initiative continues to make a significant contribution to The Shaw’s long-term goal of building a strong and viable endowment fund,” said Jackie Maxwell, Artistic Director, Shaw Festival. “We are very grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for providing the opportunity to build a stable future through this initiative.”

Each year, the Shaw Festival receives endowment donations from private individuals, which are matched by the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.

This year, the Government of Canada has provided funding of $457,466 to the Shaw Festival Endowment Foundation to manage and invest on behalf of the Shaw Festival Theatre. Since 2001, The Shaw has received more than $5 million ($5,164,811) in matching funds from the Government of Canada.

The Shaw Festival is an internationally renowned theatre company, one of the pre-eminent theatre companies in North America, and one of the major performing arts organizations in Canada. A regional tourism driver, the Shaw Festival positively impacts regional accommodations, dining, wineries, attractions and other tourism-related experiences. The economic impact of the Shaw Festival to the Niagara region exceeds $75 million each year.

The Shaw Festival’s 2012 season began April 10, 2012, runs until October 28, 2012 and proudly features 11 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on our 2012 season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com.

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In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

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Image Bank
Our digital image bank features 300 dpi photographs of the 2012 season handbook photo illustrations, members of the Ensemble, photographs of our theatres, Bernard Shaw and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. To access our image bank, please contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
odette@shawfest.com     

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2224
janand@shawfest.com

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