It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Miss Betty Amsden AO, a wonderful patron of Melbourne Recital Centre and of many of Melbourne’s arts, education and community organisations.
Betty always had an encouraging word for everyone she met and was passionate about inclusiveness and supporting young people to achieve their dreams. She initiated mentoring programs at Arts Centre Melbourne and Monash University and was a long-time supporter of the Centre’s children’s and family programming as well as our Accelerando program for gifted secondary school musicians.
Perhaps the best known of her philanthropic projects is Arts Centre Melbourne’s Betty Amsden Public Participation program which has included the Play Me I’m Yours pianos, HOME and last year’s Dominos project. Her community interests also encompassed decades-long support for Guide Dogs Australia, the Australian Ballet School, Polyglot Theatre and literally dozens of other community organisations, large and small.
We have lost a wise and wonderful friend who was always focussed on the future and how each one of us can make a difference to others and our community. Betty was certainly one of the most inspiring people we know and will be missed by all. The extraordinary impact of Betty’s generosity will continue to improve the lives of Victorians of all ages and backgrounds for many years.
The staff and musicians of Melbourne Recital Centre offer sincere condolences to all who knew Betty, in particular, those closest to her.