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Support the Faculty of VCA and MCM

OUR OPPORTUNITY

The Faculty of VCA and MCM is committed to delivering the very best education to our students. Offering a full suite of artistic disciplines through the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts, we endeavour to achieve the highest arts educational standards for outstanding and emerging artistic practitioners.

Our strength and sustainability as an institution positively affect Australian cultural infrastructure. Philanthropic support of our students and staff contributes to their ability to adapt to Australia’s creative future and lead with vibrancy.

Gifts and grants from alumni and the broader community help us achieve these goals. Your support to VCA and MCM students, in the form of scholarships and special projects, is a critical means of helping Australia’s next generation of artists fulfil their potential.

 

Learn about how Music Theatre students benefit from philanthropic support, and how organisations like the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation play an integral role in producing the most exciting and well rounded new performers and creators.

 

 

 

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music students Jasper Ly and Sarina Walter talk about playing as part of an orchestra and life at the University of Melbourne.


How can I give?

There are many ways to support the Faculty, whether you wish to make a gift for immediate use or to our endowment, through a lifetime gift or bequest. We would be delighted to discuss your plans and work with you to find the type of gift and area of support that best suits your wishes

Ways to make a gift

  • Make a philanthropic gift now or pledge a gift that you can pay over several years.
  • Make a future gift through a Bequest by including the Faculty in your Will.
  • Make a gift of shares, property or a cultural gift
  • Sign up for payroll giving to donate a set amount from each payroll.

See What can I give to? for information about how your gift can be used to benefit students and education.

How to stay involved

Your contribution and participation in our Faculty’s public programs and support of students is welcome. We encourage you to stay involved and see the benefits of your gift at work.

  • Sign up for our e-news to stay informed about student activities, concerts, public lectures, conferences and events hosted by the Faculty on campus and at performing arts venues in Melbourne.
  • Read stories of our student and alumni achievements on our blog and Pursuit.
  • View our calendar of upcoming events.
  • If you are an alumni of the VCA or MCM, you can participate in reunions and other alumni events. Sign up for the University alumni e-newsletter to receive up-to-date information.

Discuss with us

To discuss opportunities to support the Faculty, please contact:

Allison Groves
Senior Development Manager
T: +61 3 8344 7681
E: allison.groves@unimelb.edu.au

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Impact of gifts

 Donations to our Faculty support our students in their artistic practice and skills development.

Our students balance the necessary 4 - 5 contact days a week with material costs and work and family commitments – donations allow our students to flourish. Philanthropic gifts are used by the Faculty and University to leverage government funds and offer the best teaching, facilities and opportunities to students.

 

Support directed to Outcomes
Studio-base, 1:1 teaching Intense, personal skills development with professional practitioners and industry leaders
Tailored creative spaces & learning environments Critical workshops and studio spaces for students on campus with appropriate equipment
Visiting fellow and Master teacher programs Providing students with international level skills development by bringing the best international and Australian artists and academic to campus
Funding for concerts, productions and student projects Providing students with valuable, real, on-stage and production experiences, as close to professional level as possible
Scholarships and bursaries Ensuring access and equity scholarships and bursaries or  delivering special needs such as musical instruments
Creative industry collaborations and pathways Enabling students to spend time ‘in company’ during their studies, a critical component of network development and industry exposure

 

Graduate story

“Writing about the work for me, is a core element of practice…It’s taught me that art making is complex, personal, big. It demands of us unflinching honesty and perpetual questioning. It’s something that we need to be humble and radically vulnerable in the face of.

These, of course, were ideas that the VCA laid the foundations of for me from the very beginning. And in truth – a lot of the time it feels like I never actually left drama school. There quite literally isn’t a day that passes where I don’t draw on my extremely formative time there. The lessons came thick and fast and are an unshakeable part of me now.”

- Ming-Zhu Hii (BDram, 2002) Director and producer

 

Gifts at work

Read more about our students’s achievements on the VCA blog.

 

Discuss with us

To discuss opportunities to support the Faculty, please contact:

Allison Groves
Senior Development Manager
T: +61 3 8344 7681
E: allison.groves@unimelb.edu.au

What can I give to?

We encourage support of three main areas at the Faculty. These options help us to focus gifts on key priorities to enhance our programs for students.

We are glad to work with donors who wish to support specific disciplines; there are many opportunities for donations support activities that enhance students and their education.

VCA Foundation

The VCA Foundation provides an ongoing source of support to ensure that VCA students receive the finest training and best opportunities to succeed as artists. Gifts to the Foundation are invested and earn income that is used each year to enhance education across all VCA disciplines. By giving to the VCA Foundation, you will support the success of the school and its students, both now and far into the future.

Gifts to the Foundation focus on opportunities for students to share their skills with the public and interact with industry professionals - opportunities offering an invaluable experience that can’t be achieved in the classroom. Recent activities include:

  • developing a professional catalogue to share the works of art students in the Art Graduate and Masters Exhibitions
  • engaging professional guest choreographers to create and teach works on Dance students;
  • presenting works by Film and Television students at ACMI
  • supporting the Nancye Hayes Scholarship to assist an aspiring Music Theatre student

Your gift to the VCA Foundation will help fund more opportunities like this so that we can prepare students to become Australia’s next generation of artists. 

MCM Orchestra Fund

The MCM Orchestra Fund supports transformational opportunities for some of the nation’s finest aspiring musicians. Gifts to the Fund provide meaningful assistance for a range of key activities, including performance opportunities at world-class venues and scholarships for students in need. In 2015, gifts supported the University of Melbourne Orchestra tour to Sydney’s City Recital Centre, where more than 80 MCM students thrilled concert-goers with a stellar performance under the direction of internationally-acclaimed conductor Benjamin Northey. Performing with a large orchestra in a professional setting allows musicians to hone their skills and prepares them for a successful career. Your gift to the MCM Orchestra Fund will help us continue to develop Australia’s next generation of top classical musicians.

VCA and MCM – Greatest Needs

Gifts to support our Greatest Needs provide our Dean with the flexibility to use funds in a way that can most help the Faculty. These gifts are most often used to support our top students and graduate students who need access to assistance so that they can excel and become leaders in Australian arts and music practice and research. 

Other Areas of Support

Donors who wish to have a significant impact on our students’ education are invited to discuss their ideas and interests with the Senior Development Manager. Commitments of $5,000 and above can be applied to a variety of projects that enhance the learning and experience of our students. These can include funding awards and scholarships to reward top students and assist those in need; engaging international teachers and guest artists to work with students in master classes and productions; fostering creative collaborations with artists and the community; and strengthening important research about the arts and society. 

Discuss with us

To discuss opportunities to support the Faculty, please contact:

Allison Groves
Senior Development Manager
T: +61 3 8344 7681
E: allison.groves@unimelb.edu.au

Make a donation now