Through the years...

History - 1994

Written on February 1, 2017

The Federation underwent a major change at the end of the 1994 year.

The Annual Meeting elected to change the name to Musical Theatre Federation of New Zealand with a "new image" logo more suited to the 1990s to be prepared.

The Federation received a $15,000 grant following legislative changes to the Arts Council. Of that, $5,000 is to be spent on the new image and the balance is for the regional training programme. Policy precluded the Federation from spending the grant on administrative costs and it will be tagged for specific projects.

Subscription rates were held at the same level.

A successful conference was held in March in Auckland with 35 societies represented. A workshop was held on successful management, along with a seminar on Rights, royalties and societies' obligations. Delegates were able to visit the Expo site and Auckland Operatic's new complex.

Another 12 Merit Award winners were presented with their badges, recognising more than 25 years service to their societies.

The travel subsidy was used by 16 of the 35 societies attending conference and in future will be based on cheaper air fares rather than actual costs.

The library continued to be well patronised, with more volumes bound, fees raised for perusal copies and fines for overdue books. While it was rumoured that the library building would be sold, no official notification had been given.

The future of Spotlight continued to cause concern. While the appearance had been greatly improved with the use of colour, design and improved content, the key factor in its survival - circulation - continued to drop. Bulk orders had dropped below the level needed for a postal concession. Advertising revenue had increased and Editor Linda Thompson had taken on more of the production process to keep costs down.

The Capital Assistance Fund had developed into one of the Federation's most valued services with a record number of societies seeking loan money during the year. The capital base exceeded $185,000 with 44 contributing societies, new loans to six members and more in the pipeline. With rising interest rates it was an attractive source of loan money for members. Loans amounting to $60,000 were made to the societies, and one society received its third loan in eight years.

Investigations were made into re-establishing a special insurance scheme with the discontinuation of the NZI scheme, which resulted in a drop in income for Federation.

The main thrust of training was the residential school in mid-January at Scots College directed by Duncan Whiting with music and dance tutors from around the country. The school was offered to experienced and new directors and was a great success.

Individual societies continued to offer weekend seminars to members subsidised by Federation and with help from the Arts Council.

The $5000 freight subsidy was allocated to 10 societies for 1993 freight movements.

Both multi and single page programme competitions were again well supported. The poster competition was again sponsored by Warner Chappell and had helped maintain high artistic standards as well as ensuring copyright details were included. The showbill competition was not as well supported, requiring artistic expertise and time.

Executive - 1994

Patron Frank Terry MBE
Vice Patrons Tim Blennerhasset, Jim McKenzie OBE, Frank Terry MBE, Ella Duddridge, Jack Hancock, Jim Fenton
President Nola Speir (Tauranga)
Vice President John MacGibbon (Dannevirke)
Executive - Zone One Sandra Sewell (Auckland)
Executive - Zone Two Ray Spence (Te Awamutu)
Executive - Zone Three Donna Philpott, QSM (Wellington)
Executive - Zone Four Tony Flannagan (Greymouth)
Executive - Zone Five Gordon Bain (Invercargill)
Administrator Shona Spencer
Membership: Society: 78; Corporate: 11; Education: 37; Associate: 2
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