The Adelaide Youth Orchestras Inc (AdYO) extends its congratulations to leading Adelaide lawyer and long-term AdYO supporter, Nicholas Linke of Fisher Jeffries, who was recently named joint winner of The Arts Law Centre of Australia’s inaugural ‘The Arts Community Pro Bono Award’.
Each year, Arts Law – the national community legal centre for the arts, based in Sydney – honours the lawyers who have made an outstanding contribution to the arts community on a voluntary basis. In 2013, a new category was introduced into the awards program enabling arts organisations to acknowledge the voluntary work done by a lawyer for the arts community – ‘The Arts Community Pro Bono Award.”
For his broad-based support of the arts in South Australia, Nicholas Linke was nominated by no less than three significant local arts organisations – The Adelaide Youth Orchestras Inc, Restless Dance Theatre and Adamek Productions.
After much deliberation, Nicholas was named joint winner of the inaugural award – at this year’s official Arts Law awards ceremony on May 29, 2013.
Fisher Jeffries has been The Adelaide Youth Orchestras legal partner since mid-2008 and provides ongoing legal assistance with contracts and policies as well as advice on operational and governance matters – all on a pro bono basis.
The lead partner in Fisher Jeffries’ Insurance and Employment Groups, Nicholas drives the company’s support of The Adelaide Youth Orchestras – which comprises four primary ensembles: the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra, the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia and Adelaide Youth Strings.
“As an organisation responsible for providing safe environments for over 200 talented young musicians who participate in our various programs, the voluntary support of organisations like Fisher Jeffries and the individual commitment of people like Nicholas is truly invaluable,” says Chris Wainwright, AdYO’s General Manager. “Nicholas is a great champion of the youth arts sector but a very humble one. His support is driven by a belief in the long-term cultural value for SA in nurturing our state’s young artists and I’m delighted his contributions have been recognised.”