Performing Arts

The Foundation has provided support to a range of performing arts organisations and initiatives over the years. The primary focus of this support has been on helping young performers to develop their professional skills through mentoring by experienced practitioners, the opportunity to perform with respected artists and assistance with funds for production and recording projects.

Some of the major initiatives that the Foundation has supported include the Monash Art Ensemble and the Student Comedy Revues program.

The Foundation has also provided regular support to organisations which focus on the provision of performance, recording and educational opportunities to both young and established Australian musicians.

Melbourne Youth Music

youth_imageMelbourne Youth Music offers educational programs for young musicians that expand their access to, and enrich their experience of, high quality ensemble music-making, and builds their confidence, both as performers and as future leaders in the community. Melbourne Youth Music supports these programs through the recruitment, commitment and dedication of experienced conductors and tutors.

Through MYM the Foundation has been able to provide opportunities for numerous talented young musicians to enhance their performance skills, by providing support for transport, accommodation and program fees.

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Mietta Song Competition

The biennial Mietta Song Competition supports the performance and wider appreciation of the Art Song in all its diversity. Awards are provided to Australian singers that assist development of skills and provide opportunity for study and performance in Australia and overseas.

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Melba Foundation

The Melba Foundation was established to promote Australia’s finest classical musicians and artists in the national and international music world – to help the best contemporary Australian musicians, the Nellie Melbas and Joan Sutherlands of today, develop a profile and continue to build musical careers on an international stage.

The Melba Foundation funds the fine music label, Melba Recordings, to produce and distribute recordings that have earned accolades around the world. During its first thirteen years Melba Recordings has supported and recorded several established Australian artists – including the conductors Richard Bonynge and Simone Young, and singers Cheryl Barker and Stuart Skelton – as well as an increasing number of emerging talents like tenor Steve Davislim, violinist Ray Chen, cellists Pei-Jee and Pei-San Ng, and many others.

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