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A story on the sources of Ballet Victoria's funding.


Unlike some ballet companies, which rely heavily on government largess to make ends meet, Ballet Victoria generates the majority of its revenues, about 60 per cent, from ticket sales of its performances throughout the year, said Paul Destropper, artistic and ­executive director of the company.

“Most grants are tied to specific criteria that must be met,” Destropper said. “They constrain creativity, as they make applicants jump through the hoops (to qualify for the funding). They also make it hard to pivot as situations arise"........

The grant from the Victoria Foundation was used to hire a support staff position for a full season.

“Before we received the grant, we had one person doing three jobs,” he said.


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