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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:

Eric Dias
Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer
T: +61 3 9035 9069
E: dias.e@unimelb.edu.au

Make a donation now

  

  

Impact of gifts

The Faculty of the VCA & MCM is committed to preparing Australia’s next generation of artists for success. As aspiring artists, our students learn by doing. To succeed, they need to work one-on-one with the best academic staff, professional practitioners and industry leaders; have access to modern equipment and materials; and engage in performance and exhibition opportunities that develop their skills for professional careers. Philanthropic gifts to the Faculty help make this possible.

Each gift makes a difference in the lives of our students. Added together, gifts of all sizes grow to have a larger impact.

General gifts to the VCA Foundation, the MCM Orchestra Fund, or the Faculty’s Greatest Needs (see ‘What can I give to?’) support key needs such as scholarships, performance opportunities, research, and masterclasses with visiting artists. Gifts to these three initiatives are used as needed to help our students flourish.

Significant capital gifts help the Faculty to develop and achieve new visions that are fundamental to its growth and success. The current redevelopment of the Southbank campus and the recently announced new Conservatorium building will enhance the profile of the Faculty and provide it with the infrastructure needed to ensure its continued role as a leader in Australia’s creative scene.

Many gifts are tailored to combine the interests of the donor with the needs of the Faculty. We are grateful for the chance to work with donors to create bespoke funding opportunities that enhance our ability to train and support our students. Here are a few examples of unique gifts that make a difference at the Faculty.

Gerda Nicolson Workshop

Funded by the Gerda Nicolson Trust and named after the renowned Australian actress, the Gerda Nicolson Workshop introduces VCA theatre students to the nuances of acting for camera. During its inaugural year in 2015, filmmaker Jonathan auf der Heide and actor Jeremy Stanford led intensive workshops for over 50 second- and third- year theatre students; students honed their screen acting skills, learned how to create a professional audition video, and enhanced their ability to win future roles in film and television.  The response was exceptional. Second-year student Jack Dixon-Gunn said it “was a great opportunity to understand how the film and TV industry works and to gain skills in working on screen tests”, while third-year student Yvette Turner said that it helped her “make the transition from stage acting to film acting.”

Grace Marion Wilson Trust Programs

An ongoing generous grant from the Grace Marion Wilson Trust currently funds three programs at the VCA. The Visiting Writers Program enables writing, directing and acting students to engage in intensive masterclasses and lectures with leading contemporary writers from the international performing arts and theatre scene such as Jeremy Cohen, the Producing Artistic Director at the Playwrights’ Center, and Mac Wellman, a novelist and playwright who has written over eighty plays for mainstream and experimental theatre. The Screenwriting Masterclass Series offers creative screenwriting lectures and masterclasses with lecturers and visiting artists who nurture each student’s individual creative voice and skill for creative storytelling. The Performing Arts Scholarships provide fee relief and assistance for graduate students in the performing arts, encouraging aspiring artists to continue their studies in their chosen area of interest.  

The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award

Created by friends and family in memory of Rosemary and John Hopkins, The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award is a perpetual trust that each year provides funds for a conductor or conducting student to assist with a youth or community music project. The Award aims to honour and commemorate John Hopkins AM OBE, a celebrated conductor and musician who was a passionate champion of music education and creative opportunity. Past Award recipients include Jenny Going, who founded the West Melbourne Schools Orchestra, and Joshua Geddes, who will conduct Beethoven's Symphony No 9 in Bendigo with community orchestral musicians and singers.

Art Encouragement Awards

The Art Encouragement Awards are presented annually by the VCA School of Art to students participating in the end-of-year Graduate and Masters Exhibitions. These awards are funded by donors and businesses who want to support the next generation of artists and creative arts practitioners. Awards encourage and acknowledge exceptional art students for their hard work and provide funds for them to undertake research, travel or pay for art materials and exhibition fees.

Scholarships

Students in the Faculty have access to a wide array of scholarships and awards that have been established by generous donors through annual gifts, endowments, and bequests. Many benefit students in a specific area of interest to the donor (e.g., music theatre, specific musical instruments, dance), and they are typically named in honour of the donor, the family or a loved one as a way to recognise their commitment to the arts. Scholarships and awards range from $1,000 to $45,000 and can transform a student’s experience and opportunities for study. We welcome the chance to work with donors to create new scholarships and awards to benefit our students.

Discuss with us

To discuss opportunities to support the Faculty, please contact:

Eric Dias
Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer
T: +61 3 9035 9069
E: dias.e@unimelb.edu.au

Make a donation now

  

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:

Eric Dias
Donor Relations and Stewardship Officer
T: +61 3 9035 9069
E: dias.e@unimelb.edu.au

Make a donation now