Mr Fini received the Business Leadership award at the Creative Partnerships Awards, which celebrate and recognise the leaders who have made outstanding contributions to Australia’s cultural sector.

Mr Fini, Director of FJM Property, has actively championed the arts to the corporate sector, government and the community in Western Australia, as well as delivering affordable housing and exciting urban spaces to Western Australians for more than 30 years.

He and his wife Michela late last year were named as inaugural patrons of Perth Festival’s new giving programs, alongside the Fogarty Foundation, the Ungar Family Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Find out why Mr Fini is so passionate about the arts sector here. 

The Festival has initiated four philanthropy programs – Arts Sector Development, Education, Major New Works and Artist-in-Residence – to invest in the Festival’s year-round work behind the scenes to build a creative society in WA.

Adrian and Michela Fini are Patrons for the Artist-in-Residence program, which enriches our society through artistic exchange.

The Ungar Family Foundation is Patron for the WA Sector Development program, which creates opportunities for emerging local artists.

The Fogarty Foundation is the inaugural Education Patron for 2018-2020, supporting a dynamic education program for Western Australian children.

An anonymous donor supports the Major New Works program to turn brilliant ideas into unforgettable Festival events in the tradition of home-grown world premieres like Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak, Home, The Rabbits, Inside Australia and The Secret River.

Each of the four Patrons has committed $150,000 to the Festival. These generous gifts are the biggest individual donations to Perth Festival in its 65-year history. The Patrons also are ambassadors to encourage others to support the Festival in whatever way they can.

We are very grateful to all four of our inaugural Patrons for their generosity and commitment to serve the community through their investment in the sustainability of our behind-the-scenes work of the Festival.

Ticket sales cover only 30% of what it costs to present the Festival each year. The rest is only possible thanks to our generous partners, donors and supporters. Every tax-deductible gift makes a difference in our mission to create extraordinary stories and unforgettable experiences for the people of Western Australia.

The Creative Partnership Award also acknowledged Mr Fini’s significant contribution to the WA community through his work as a philanthropist and his roles as a Board Member of the University of Western Australia Business School and former Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation.

Mr Fini is among six leaders from Australia’s philanthropic, business and arts sectors celebrated at the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards.

The others were:
• Arts Leadership - Richard Gill AO, whose humble beginnings as a music teacher led him to become a world-renowned composer. His advocacy for music education has seen him working closely with students from Darwin, Armidale, New Zealand and as far as rural China.
• Emerging Philanthropist - Joint winner Mark Rubbo OAM and his independent retail chain, Readings, have contributed enormously to Victorian literacy programs. The Readings Foundation has donated more than $700,000 to community and school programs in as little as five years.
• Emerging Philanthropist - Joint winner Beau Neilson has followed in the footsteps of her mother, Judith Neilson, and forged her own path in arts patronage with donations to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Dance Company, and as a trustee of the Neilson Foundation.
• Philanthropy Leadership - Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax have a significant and enduring legacy of philanthropy for the arts. Their Tim Fairfax Family Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to galleries and foundations over the last fifty years, and their contributions have recently extended to A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift—a long-running exhibition that aims to bring works by leading international artists to Queensland.

Congratulations to all the winners for their contribution to bolstering Australia’s cultural life.

We at Perth Festival are enormously grateful to all our past, present and future supporters. Every gift makes a difference in our mission to inspire the people of WA.

Find out how you can help make a difference too, here.