The ASX-listed specialist provider of services including salary packaging, novated leasing and fleet management has agreed to support Opera Australia’s (OA) touring program that includes its extensive schools program, which reaches more than 70,000 school children throughout NSW and VIC each year.
The deal also encompasses OA’s annual National Tour, which this year sees the company perform John Bell’s celebrated production ofMadama Butterfly throughout QLD, NT and WA. Plus bespoke client hosting opportunities at OA’s two homes – Sydney Opera House and ArtsCentre Melbourne.
According to OA CEO Rory Jeffes, it was clear from the first meeting that there were a number of ways OA and Smartgroup could partner.
“A great arts-corporate partnership is about recognising, and then realising through innovative and creative ideas, how each party can enhance the other’s business. Smartgroup is a national organisation which delivers services across a range of sectors, from schools, to not-for-profit and corporate, and given the breadth of OA’s activities, it was an easy connection to make.
“For OA, with its hundreds of employees, it is also so valuable for our staff to have access to Australia’s leading employment management services company.” Deven Billimoria, Smartgroup CEO says: “We are a proudly Australian company, with a strong regional presence, so it makes sense for us to partner with the largest arts company in Australia with its extensive national footprint. The partnership ensures we can speak with our customers,and prospective customers, while giving back to the communities within which we operate.
“Central to everything we do at Smartgroup is a commitment to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers; from the calls we take in our service centres to the industry-leading technology we develop. And I know this commitment to excellence is something Opera Australia also takes extremely seriously. The partnership is simply a natural fit.”
Opera Australia’s Schools Tour of By The Light of the Moon runs from 4 March to 23 September in NSW and in VIC, The Barber of Seville runs from 20 May to 23 August which between them will perform at nearly 300 different schools.
The National Tour heads north in 2019 and will visit 20 towns from the Gold Coast to Cairns in QLD, Darwin to Alice Springs in the NT and Albany to Broome in WA.