It’s homeward bound for our founder and president, Emma Dunch, after nearly 20 years in New York and her last decade leading DUNCH. From January 2018, she’ll begin a new professional chapter as Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in her home town of Sydney, Australia.
“I’m truly grateful to have partnered with the hundreds of visionary arts leaders, generous cultural funders, and committed industry colleagues whose efforts have strengthened the sector tremendously,” she said.
“Artists are the voices of our time and they deserve a strong, diverse cultural ecosystem in which to thrive,” she said. “I’m proud that our collective work has helped to support so many and amplify such influential voices.”
“The decision to return to Australia was personal for me,” explained Dunch. “The Sydney Symphony Orchestra fueled my love of classical music as a child. As a young professional, I later launched my arts management career at the SSO. After so many years away, it was an honor to accept the invitation to come ‘full circle’ and return as CEO of Australia’s flagship orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House.”
While this role will take Emma and her partner, Elizabeth W. Scott, to a different hemisphere for now, they will remain engaged field leaders internationally. “Innovation and imagination know no borders,” Dunch said. “In this era of global arts disruption, we look forward to continuing to contribute to industry thought leadership with artists, funders and colleagues.”
From January 2018, Emma Dunch will withdraw from consulting projects and DUNCH will rebrand online at www.artsbusiness.com, operating from Sydney, under the executive leadership of Elizabeth W. Scott. Stay tuned for more details.