The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body
Thursday16 May 2013
Australia Council welcomes new CEO, Tony Grybowski
Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Rupert MyerAMtoday welcomed theannouncement by Minister for the Arts, the Hon. Tony Burke MP that TonyGrybowski hasbeen named astheAustralia Council’s new CEO.
“The members of the Council, our staff and members of artistic communities across Australia join me in expressing our delight that Tony has been appointed CEO, effectiveimmediately,” said Mr Myer.“Tony has been Executive Director, Arts Organisations at the Australia Council for the pastfive years and is well known to artists and arts organisations for his passion andcommitment to creativity.“He knows the arts landscape very well and from all perspectives–as a musician, an artsadministrator and a member of state and federal funding organisations. He has workedextensively with youth and community arts and will bring a unique blend of experience tothe role of CEO.”Tony Grybowski has spent a lifetime in the arts that include many years as aperformingmusician. In Arts Administration, Tony has 25 years of experience which includemanagement positions with the Sydney Symphony, Musica Viva Australia and seven yearsas General Manager of the Australian Youth Orchestra. He also spent a period with theState Government of Victoria at Arts Victoria. His experience covers work with individualartists across the spectrum of art forms and arts organisations, both large and small, in Australia and internationally.Tony Grybowski said he was honoured to be taking on the role. “For me, this is the best jobin Australia. Being vitally involved in nurturing and supporting creative expression of allkinds, at a time marked by technological change and extraordinary innovation in the sector,is a challenge of the most exciting kind.“With the announcement of the new National Cultural Policy,
andpassage of the legislation to make the Australia Council more flexible and responsive willcome great opportunity. I see an even more exciting future for the arts in Australia and for the Council’s role, including the new proposed Sector Strategy Panels, in supporting anddeveloping a more creative and enriched community,” he said.Mr MyerpraisedLibby Christie who has actedin the role of Chief Executive since 1 Januaryfor navigatingtheorganisation through an unprecedentedperiodof changethat includedthe release of
and the introduction of the new Australia Councillegislation into Parliament.“We are very fortunate to have an executive of Libby’s talent within our ranks and we thankher for her stewardship of the organisation at an extremely active time for the arts sector.”Mr Myersaid TonyGrybowski’s appointment comes after an extensive search.“We naturally cast our net widely, but were very pleased to find our internal successionplanninghasdelivered us the outstanding candidate,” he said.