Support La Mama

The Staff and Committee of Management of La Mama express our deep thanks for the overwhelming love and support we have received in the wake of the La Mama Fire. It has brought us much strength and pride to be part of such a generous and resourceful community.

We are proud to launch Rebuild La Mama, our campaign to raise the necessary funds to restore and rebuild our precious theatre. To realise the full potential of our vision for a revitalised La Mama we are now calling on you, our beloved community, to help raise the remaining funds needed. We are tremendously excited about La Mama’s future and urge you to consider supporting ‘the home of independent theatre in Australia’ – now and into the future.

For more information and updates on the Rebuild La Mama project go: HERE

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The cost of rebuilding La Mama is anticipated to be $3,095,788

To date, we have received:

$756,195 from QBE fire insurance

$1 million from the Victorian State Government

$1 million from philanthropic alliance: 

and an anonymous donation. 

$50,000 from Heritage Victoria

$30,000 from City of Melbourne

$113,695 from Community Donations

We have raised $179,079 from the community, and need $80,515 to get to our nominated target. 

That’s less than 5% still needed. 

Please join us in forging our future. 

If you have any queries or would like to discuss your donation, please contact Caitlin ( or Tim ( or on (03) 9347 6948.  


We invite you to be involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Together we can meet this challenge. We urge you to consider making a gift to the Rebuild La Mama campaign as soon as possible and practical. There are various ways and methods to contribute. It could be a single one off donation, or a pledge of multiple gifts over a number of years/months; it could be a bequest in your will.

All donors will become La Mama Lovers, our ensemble of dedicated La Mama supporters.

Your donation will be publicly recognised, or made anonymous, it’s up to you.

Our gratitude for our La Mama Lovers will be expressed in various ways. There will be a prominent honour board in the revitalised, new La Mama, as well as an Opening Ceremony, which will feature your name inscribed on the theatre walls before their first coat of black. La Mama Lovers will also feature in our annual reports and our website.

All those of us who serve La Mama as guardians of its legacy and custodians of its future were devastated by the fire – but equally we were buoyed by the outpouring of support from across Australia in the days and weeks that followed. We were reminded that it’s not just theatre-makers who love La Mama – it’s writers, painters, art lovers, academics, politicians, poets – in short, people like you.

As we embark on the process of rebuilding La Mama, knowing that we have your support means so much to us – because your commitment guarantees that La Mama’s support for future generations of theatre-makers and storytellers will never wane. We look forward to sharing our future with you, and with the generations that follow. Thank you for joining us on the journey.

-Richard Watts, Chair of the La Mama Committee of Management

La Mama has contributed so much to our cultural life, to our dedicated artists, and to creative risk-taking and ideas since the 1960s. La Mama’s role in our creative ecosystem is as important as ever. That’s why the Andrews Labor Government has contributed $1 million to help rebuild the theatre and set La Mama up for the next 50 years and beyond. I encourage you to be part of this important project which will ensure La Mama stands strong for future generations of artists and audiences.

-Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries

For Cheque or EFT donations

For Credit/Debit Donations

BEQUESTS:   Bequests are a visionary way to support the work of La Mama into the future. A legacy gift of this kind is appreciated with profound gratitude.
If you wish to discuss making a donation to La Mama, leaving a bequest to La Mama, or chat about any other form of philanthropic and/or business partnership please contact Caitlin ( and/or Tim ( on (03) 9347 6948.

La Mama Theatre is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Victoria, with Australian Taxation Office endorsed Tax Concession Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. La Mama ABN 74 925 853 734  is on the Register of Cultural Organisations under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Assessment Act 1997.