Neil Cox named Palais Theatre GM
Live Nation Australia has appointed Neil Cox, most recently general manager (GM) and chief executive of Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand, as GM of Melbourne’s Palais Theatre.
Cox succeeds outgoing GM Mark Graham, who departed in May to take up a new role outside the music business. Live Nation took over a 30-year lease on the 2,896-capacity Palais, located in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, in July 2016.
At the Theatre Royal (1,290-cap.), Cox’s remit in included dealing with local and federal government, event creation and procurement, and, significantly, the rebuilding and returning the of the venue to working order after damage caused by the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.
“The past 10 years at the Isaac Theatre Royal has been extremely varied, massively challenging but ultimately very rewarding,” says Cox.
“I hope to ensure that the Palais continues to be one of Melbourne’s premier live entertainment venues”
“Moving from one iconic venue in New Zealand to an equally iconic and historic venue in Melbourne is a challenge that I relish. By bringing my vast experience to the role, I hope to ensure that the Palais continues to be one of Melbourne’s premier live entertainment venues, providing an unforgettable experience for all that walk through the doors.”
Live Nation has also announced 13 community projects as recipients of its inaugural Palais Theatre Community Fund, with nonprofits including Artists for Kids’ Culture, Port Melbourne Primary School, Rawcus Theatre Company Inc, St Kilda Mums, Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Gasworks Arts Park each receiving a grant of up to A$5,000.
The fund will invest $100,000–$120,000 annually into the local community for the duration of the 30-year lease. It is funded via a 50¢ donation from Live Nation for every ticket sold for an event at the Palais Theatre.
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