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Sponsorship Opportunity Artist VideoMusic Application for Awards Australian Foundation Proudly supporting young Australian Musicians studying in the UK, Europe the USA “The Australian Music Foundation is one of the most important ambassadors for the Australian arts. We have seen and participated in its great work for over thirty years. If it were not for the caring help given by the AMF, the road to success for many young Australian musicians would be much more difficult.� Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE Richard Bonynge AO CBE

Orava String Quartet 2013

Samantha Crawford Soprano - 2012

Carolyn Watson Conductor - 2008

What we do


he Australian Music Foundation is a charitable organisation that promotes and celebrates Australian musical life on a world stage. We offer scholarships to applicants who wish to pursue their music education overseas, as well as performance opportunities, career advice and professional mentoring. Studying abroad is crucially important for young Australian musicians, no more so as the world becomes ever more interconnected. The chance to study in the elite cultural and educational centres around the globe such as London, Paris, Vienna, New York and Shanghai, helps best equip our most gifted musicians to be able to contribute back to Australia as future performers, composers, cultural leaders, and educators.


he partnership of the Australian Music Foundation with young Australian musicians studying overseas began in 1975, when the Foundation was formed in the United Kingdom. In the last decade the Foundation has expanded to include the AMF Australia Foundation and The Australian Music Foundation North America Inc, becoming a global support network for Australian musicians. In the UK, we continue to support our musicians with annual awards, and just as importantly, high profile performance platforms.

How we help


ur annual auditions receive 80 - 100 applicants a year, from Australian musicians about to travel overseas or those who are already undertaking their post-graduate courses in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and, more recently, in Asia. 2014 sees the launch of our new video audition platform, allowing us to call on the global Australian Music Foundation Advisory Board of experts to serve on our judging panel. Second round live auditions are held in Wigmore Hall in London and at Julliard in New York.


e grant financial awards of between AUD $2,000 and $20,000 annually and also manage a number of specialist scholarships to support specific study.

entoring and networking are also an integral part of the Australian Music Foundation support. We strive to provide our Awardees and Alumni with advice, connections and performance platforms around the world, utilising the expertise our of Trustees, Advisory Boards and charity Partners, such as the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.

Our Alumni


he Australian Music Foundation has supported over 144 Australian musicians in their overseas study since the first awards were granted in 1980. Of all our Alumni, at least 80% are still active in music at a professional level, a testament to their skill and determination in a difficult industry.

Stanley Chia-Min Dodds Daniel Sumegi Violin & Music Director Bernadette Harvey Bass Baritone Schoeneberg Symphony Orchestra Piano

Opera Australia, various USA & UK

Soloist & Duo performer


Viola Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sony records, UK & Europe

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Ian Munro

English National Opera

Amanda Thane

Amy Dickson


Elizabeth Campbell

Rosamund Illing


Concert artist & Recitalist, Melba Records

Victor Sangiorgio

Concert artist with Musica Viva

SouthernX Soloists Acting Principal Tasmania Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra


Alexander Briger Craig Ogden Jessica Cottis Conductor Guitar

Opera North (UK)

Conductor Australian World Orchestra

Cavaleri Quartet

Yelian He Cello

David Fung Piano

Tanya Davis

Classic FM recording artist

Deborah Riedel Soprano

Helen Sherman


English Touring Opera, Recitalist


English National Opera, Opera North

Benjamin Bayl


Symphony, Chamber & Opera Orchestras



Bolshoi Opera

International & multi-label artist

Bond Electric Quartet

Sky Ingram

Yarlung Records & ABC Classics

2014 Australian Cello Prize Winner


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Moore Timpani, Co-Principal Simon Thorpe “NewLisa York’s Queen of avant-garde piano”


Rachael Tobin

Graeme Macfarlane Tenor Goodwin Opera Antoine Bedewi Australia AndrewTenor


Guest & Residencies, Aus & NZ


Muse Records


(some of our)


David Robins Tania Fraser Oboe

Nicole Canham

Kristian Chong


Flute International recitalist & broadcast artist Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Ann Beilby


Opera Australia, ROH (UK)

International artist, Sony records Australian Chamber Orchestra

Piano International performer & recording artist

Ellisse Kleiner


Solo & Duo performers, Melba Records


Australian Recitalist

Peter Coleman-Wright


Victoria Lambourn Zoe Black Carolyn Harris Mezzo-Soprano Violin Opera Australia Flute


Benaud Trio & Soloist, Move Records

Pei-Jee & Pie-Sian Ng

David Hansen

Justine Marsden

Amir Farid

Asmira Woodward-Page Violin

Jeffrey Black Baritone

Performer & Vocal coach

Soloist, Australia & USA

e are delighted with the level of contact we have with our Alumni and proud to be able to share their achievements with our networks. We are very grateful for the level of support our Alumni give back to our new generations of Awardees in the form of performance time, advice and financial support as part of our fundraising and mentoring programs.

Supporting the growth of Australian talent


he costs of studying in the world’s top music institutions, and the cost of living abroad while doing so, are ever increasing. Through the generous support of our major donors, we have been able to offer the best of Australia’s emerging talent substantial support for their post-graduate studies. While many of our applicants do secure partial scholarships from the institutions they are studying with, the Australian Music Foundation provides a much needed additional source of funding.

2014 Fees for Post-graduate education Institution

Home fees (EU passport)

Overseas fees (non EU)

Guildhall School of Music and Drama



Royal Academy of Music



Royal College of Music



Royal Northern College of Music



Trinity Laban Conservatoire




USA Juilliard


Manhattan School of Music



ver the next 5 years, we are undertaking a major fundraising drive, to not only enable us to continue to support the coming generations of world class Australian talent by building our Endowment Fund, but to significantly increase the level of support we are able to offer those musicians entering the world stage in the next decade.

Allocation of $5M Global Fundraising Target

INVESTMENT for Endowment Fund COSTS including audition funding & artist events ANNUAL AWARDS funding


e have a global five-year fundraising target of AUD5,000,000, to enable the us to increase the amount of available grant money from its present level of c. AUD30,000 to c.AUD200,000 per annum. This will permit increasing the number of major and multi-year awards (supporting a musician’s entire further education and living costs from AUD20,000 to AUD60,000) and increasing the value of an annual award to an average of five awards at AUD5,000 and five at AUD10,000.


e are currently very grateful to a number of international philanthropic foundations for their ongoing support in this capacity. We are now seeking additional private and corporate sponsors as well as partnerships to help us achieve this next stage of growth for the Australian Music Foundation. With your help, we can continue to be a much needed resource for Australian musicians in their studies and career development abroad and a facilitator to their return into the Australian arts network. “The Australian Music Foundation is one of the most important ambassadors for the Australian arts. We have seen and participated in its great work for over thirty years. If it were not for the caring help given by the AMF, the road to success for many young Australian musicians would be much more difficult.”

Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE Richard Bonynge AO CBE

Major Donors and Sponsorship Donations will be directed towards the annual awards funds, specific development projects or investment. We aim to keep our administration costs to no more than 10% of our overall income, and these include funding performance platforms for our Awardees and Alumni as well as audition overheads. Our aim is to work with each donor individually to match appropriate benefits (which may vary by region) however all major donors will enjoy: • free tickets to AMF events • invitation to attend the UK Wigmore Hall Final Auditions (usually in September). • relationship with one or more of the Awardees being supported • personal “update” meetings • performances at donor’s event

Named major annual grant To support a young musician substantially during a year of post-graduate study, the Australian Music Foundation seeks to match Awardees with sponsors for named major grants. A grant of between £12,000 and £25,000 would support an artist in the UK for 50% - 100% of tuition fees or living costs. We would usually seek a commitment for a named annual grant for an initial three or five year period.

Named major multi-year scholarship A multi-year scholarship is designed to support a musician through a two-year post-graduate degree, or a part funding towards a Doctorate. These scholarships are intended to fund full tuition fees as well as a contribution towards living costs. The recommended current level for UK study is £55,000.



2-year total




Contribution towards living expenses

£ 5,000


Nominal contribution for admin

£ 5,000

Named award and scholarship donors are additionally recognised in promotional materials, media releases, all website and social media platforms and in event publicity, where appropriate.

Service in Kind Donations - Partner with us We are actively seeking donations of services to benefit our Awardees, particularly from small to medium Australian businesses, or business connected to the music industry. This can range from photographic / video / audio portfolio production, to event services, to instrument hire, to insurance. Please get in touch with us to discuss how you might be able to partner with us. Contacts UK - Bronwen Stephens E: T: +44 (0)77397 21086 AUS - Warwick Ross E:

About the Australian Music Foundation With governing bodies and Advisors in the UK, Australia and the USA, the Australian Music Foundation has a truly global reach. Each region has a dedicated Board of Trustees and the Australian Music Foundation is a registered Charity in Australia and the United Kingdom and has 501(c)(3) status in the United States. Patron-in-Chief President International Director

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG The Right Honourable Lord Broers Kt FRS FREng Heather de Haes

Joint Life Presidents

Richard Bonynge AO CBE, Yvonne Kenny AM, Professor Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, Sir John Tooley, The Right Honourable Lord Carrington KG GCMG CH MC

In Memoriam: Life Presidents

Dame Joan Sutherland OM AC DBE, Sir Charles Mackerras CH AC CBE, Dr Peter Andry OBE OAM

Australian Music Foundation (UK) Registered Charity No. 270784


His Excellency The Honourable Mike Rann, High Commissioner for Australia


Heather de Haes (Chair) Lord Alec Broers Ruth Cornett Professor William Cornish OMG QC FBA Dr Marcus Cox Dr Tim Hunter Yvonne Kenny AM Michael Letchford Dennis Muirhead James Pitman Professor Peter Tregear

AMF Australia Foundation ABN 33 797 767 154


Professor Peter Tregear (Chair) Leonard Amadio AO Andrew Boxall David Constable AM Heather de Haes Hope Pitman Professor Jennie Shaw

Australian Music Foundation North America Inc. 501(c)(3) ID: 45-3610532


Heather de Haes (Chair) Jonathan Moore

Australian Music Foundation April 2014 Update  

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