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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?

 Your contribution and participation in our Faculty’s public programs and support of students is welcome. 

 

Ways to participate

You can see stories of our student and alumni achievements on our blog and in our e-news, or join us at the many concerts, public lectures, conferences and events hosted by the Faculty on campus and at performing arts venues in Melbourne.

If you are an alumnus of VCA or MCM you can further participate in reunions, other events and sign up for the University alumni e-newsletter.

 

Ways to give:

  • Philanthropic donation
  • Gift of shares, property or a cultural gift
  • Payroll giving

 

Graduate story

"Drama school is a heady, beautiful, deeply romantic place where every theatrical encounter aims to be sublime. The longer this shadow is cast over your professional life the better.”

- Sam Strong (GDipDramArt(Direction), 2004) Incoming Associate Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company

 

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Discuss with us

To discuss opportunities to support the Faculty, please contact:

 

Jaclyn Birtchnell
Development Manager
T: +61 3 9035 9154
E: jbirtchnell@unimelb.edu.au

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:

 

Jaclyn Birtchnell
Development Manager
T: +61 3 9035 9154
E: jbirtchnell@unimelb.edu.au

What can I give to?

 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 thoughts in greater detail.

 

Current priorities - VCA

The Faculty has prioritised its recently created VCA Foundation, an endowment fund which will create significant opportunities for future generations of students and artists. It will provide a strong and sustainable base from which to fund future projects and activities at the VCA that would not otherwise be funded.

 

Giving to the VCA Foundation will ensure that any gift you make will be applied for greatest impact at any given time, including; master teacher programs, scholarships, student productions and projects.

 

Current priorities - MCM

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is a catalyst for musical mastery and creativity, maximising the contribution of scholars and advancing the world’s musical traditions.

 

The following areas have been prioritised by MCM for student advancement;

  • undergraduate brass and woodwind scholarships,
  • post-graduate music therapy scholarships, and
  • visiting fellowship support and projects for composition/new music.

 

Find out more about how scholarships can create opportunities for our students here. Join us for concerts, recitals and lectures by visiting our upcoming events.

 

Make a donation now

 

 

 

Discuss with us

To discuss opportunities to support the Faculty, please contact:

 

Jaclyn Birtchnell
Development Manager
T: +61 3 9035 9154
E: jbirtchnell@unimelb.edu.au