Submit a Proposal

Proposals for 2023 are now open.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s proposal form is open to musicians and groups who are interested in co-presenting concerts in the Primrose Potter Salon or Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Melbourne Recital Centre strives to deliver programs that are bold, responsive, distinctive, diverse and contribute to a more inclusive and cohesive society that positions Melbourne as a cultural world leader, recognised internationally for its distinctively Australian voice.

We welcome programs that extend and enrich the art form, artists and audiences.


What ideas can be proposed?

Melbourne Recital Centre will consider proposal from all musical genres across classical to contemporary.

One-hour programs (around 47 mins of music), which start between 6pm and 8pm, are the most popular with our audiences.

Program proposals from First Nations artists, artists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and artists with a disability are strongly encouraged. We further encourage a focus on Australian repertoire and works by female and gender diverse composers.

There is the opportunity to propose up to three programs.

What are the assessment criteria?

Our team will consider your proposal against the following criteria:

Your proposal

  • Is balanced, diverse and vibrant
  • Has a clear artistic vision
  • Is suitable for Melbourne Recital Centre spaces and can be reasonably produced based on technical requirements
  • Aligns with the Centre’s Programming Principles

You or your ensemble

  • Are professional and have an established footprint with a clear artistic vision
  • Have a proven ability to market and sell shows
  • Have an audience and a clear connection with them (e.g., social media presence)
  • Support’s the Centre’s Vision, Mission and Purpose

What is the arrangement?

The arrangement offered will differ depending on the scope of your project and requisite budgets.

Most performances in this process will be offered a Co-Presentation agreement, shared between the Artist/Promoter and the Centre.
In this arrangement, the Box Office revenue (excluding booking fees) is split 50/50 with a minimum guaranteed fee of $880 (ex. GST).

When do I need to submit my proposal by?

The proposals form will be accepting submissions year-round and you are welcome to submit your ideas at any time.

Melbourne Recital Centre will be dividing its program into four seasons, your submission must be with us before the cut-off date to be considered for a specific season. The cut-off dates for 2023’s seasons are:

  • Season 1 (January to March): applications cut-off Sunday 24 July 2022
  • Season 2 (April to June): application cut-off Sunday 11 September 2022
  • Season 3 (July to September): application cut-off Sunday 4 December 2022
  • Season 4 (October to December): application cut-off Sunday 12 March 2023

Melbourne Recital Centre welcomes your proposal at any time prior to these cut-off dates.

When will I hear back?

Melbourne Recital Centre will respond to your proposal within 30 days.

What happens next?

If selected, we will reach out to discuss your proposal further and you will be required to submit more detailed information regarding technical requirements and marketing assets before going to the contract.

Depending when your concert is scheduled, we will work with you to align the announcement of your concert with our seasonal campaigns.

What other opportunities are there?

Alongside concerts in the Centre, our Learning and Access programs deliver quality live music experiences for those who would not otherwise have access. These programs are delivered both in and beyond the Centre. As part of your application, you can nominate to be considered for Music Always and Relaxed Performance opportunities.

Music Always

Partnering with Aged Care Facilities across Victoria, the Music Always program provides live performances for residents outside of the Centre with four touring ensembles each year. These concerts are daytime, weekday events, with two performances each day. Ensembles will need to be able to travel to regional areas of Victoria.

Relaxed Performances

The Centre hosts up to eight Relaxed Performances each year in Primrose Potter Salon. These concerts are specifically designed for people with sensory sensitivities but are open to everyone. The events encourage a relaxed attitude to audience sound and movement. They are daytime, weekday events, and include artist briefings by Centre staff, social scripts created alongside the ensembles, and a quiet space set-up outside of the performance area.

What if I am unsuccessful?

The Centre is limited by the number of concerts it can present, and unfortunately not all proposals can be supported.

We are happy to provide feedback on request, and encourage you to continue developing your ensemble, vision, and ideas.

Artists also have the opportunity to hire the Primrose Potter Salon and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to self-present their concerts at Melbourne Recital Centre’s venues.

More information can be found here.

Who can I speak to?

Please reach out to programming@melbournerecital.com.au if you have any questions.