Annual Information Statement 2014

Legal Name
Gondwana Choirs

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Activities in the 2014 reporting period
Main activity
Culture and arts
Description of charity’s activities and outcomes
2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the Sydney Childrens Choir. In our second year of triennial funding, Gondwana Choirs continued to provide transformative choral education and performance experiences for young people across NSW and the nation. Our three programs, the Sydney Children's Choir (SCC), Gondwana National Choirs (GNC) and the Gondwana Indigenous Children's Choir (GICC), continued to flourish, participating in collaborations with leading arts organisations, creating new work, and reaching new artistic heights.In 2014, we commissioned works from leading Australian composers including Ross Edwards and Lisa Young, as well as emerging composers and a composer in residence.SCC's Choral Training program operated weekly during NSW school terms at Millers Point and the Sydney Conservatorium with a record 501 participants. Based on this model, our GICC hub in Cairns completed its third full year. We continue to build our GICC hub in Western Sydney, and gathered the National GICC in September, including choristers from WA, TAS & NT.Our annual National Choral School brought 274 young people (39% from NSW) to Sydney for a two-week residential camp at Macquarie University. Gondwana Voices dedicated a large part of their season to the development and recording of the VOICES project, and preparing for their successful tour to Taiwan. A significant achievement of 2014 was the highly acclaimed collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing Jandamarra: Sing for the Country, by Paul Stanhope. Reviews were very positive regarding the project, and specifically the Gondwana Choirs:One of the great contributions to musics future that Gondwana Voices founder Lyn Williams has made is to establish a remarkable ethos of performance excellence among tomorrow's musicians.Immaculately drilled, the young voices offered an object lesson in choral discipline, singing with focussed tone and palpable enthusiasm. And Im not just saying that to be nice to youngsters shut your eyes and they could have been a professional adult choir. They really were exemplary.The young singers from Gondwana Voices took part in collaboratively composing, performing and recording a multi- faceted choral installation work, called VOICES, for White Night in Melbourne. Approximately 14,000 festival-goers experienced VOICES at White Night Melbourne, with many staying to listen time and time again. The Herald Sun called VOICES White Nights most affecting display.
Changing or introducing activities in the next reporting period
Beneficiaries helped by charity’s activities in the 2014 reporting period
  • General community in Australia
  • Communities overseas
  • Children – under 13
  • Youth – 13 to under 25
  • Migrants, refugees or asylum seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex persons

Section C: Resources and operating locations

Estimated number of unpaid volunteers who worked for the charity during the 2014 reporting period
  • Full time employees: 7
  • Part time employees: 5
  • Casual employees: 2
  • Volunteers: 501TO1000
Where the charity operated during the 2014 reporting period
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia
  • Other Countries
    • TWN

Section D: Reporting and regulatory obligations (This section is optional)

Commonwealth department /(s) and/or agency/agencies charity had to report to over the 2014 reporting period, excluding the ATO and ACNC

State or territory charity had non-corporate reporting obligations to.
  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
Approximate hours spent reporting by paid staff
Approximate hours spent reporting by unpaid volunteers
Total hours spent reporting

Section E: Financial information

Charity's 2014 reporting period
1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2014 Financial report
Note: If you want to see the financial report or annual report that this charity has submitted, go back to Financials & Documents.

Income and Expenses

Comprehensive Income Statement summary

Gross Income
A Government grants
B Donations and bequests
C All other revenue
D Total revenue (a+b+c)
E Other income
F Total gross income (d+e)
G Employee expenses
H Interest
I Grants and donations made for use in Australia
J Grants and donations made for use outside Australia
K All other expenses
L Total expenses (g+h+i+j+k)
M Net surplus/deficit (l-f)

Balance Sheet extract

N Total current assets
O Non-current loans
P Other non-current assets
Q Total non-current assets (o+p)
R Total assets (n+q)
S Total current liabilities
T Non-current loans
U Other non-current liabilities
V Total non-current liabilities (t+u)
W Total liabilities (s+v)
X Net assets/liabilities (r-w)