Patron Betty Amsden OAM and Kathryn Fagg (Chair of Melbourne Recital Centre)

Leadership Circles


Become a pioneer and inspire others.

Melbourne Recital Centre invites visionary philanthropists with specific interests in each of the Centre’s program areas to become program patrons and initiate circles of program leaders.

As a Leadership Circles patron you will strengthen the Centre’s capacity to present innovative projects across our seven program pillars:

Great Performers

Annual gifts to the Great Performers Leadership Circle will ensure the Centre is able to program a diverse array of the world’s finest recitalists in Melbourne each year for its flagship classical series.

Local Heroes

Local Heroes brings together a diversity of ensembles in a year long festival of chamber music. Spanning early music to jazz, Local Heroes presents around 60 concerts per year in the Salon and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, creating intimate, accessible and engaging concert experiences for all. Gifts to the Local Heroes Leadership Circle contribute directly to providing a world-class platform for Australian artists to perform and grow.

Children’s and Family Programming

Melbourne Recital Centre’s children’s and family programming is underpinned by the latest research identifying the positive outcomes from early, interactive engagement with music and a desire to complement the many fine school-based music education programs in Victoria.

MusicPlay, the Centre’s annual festival is the centrepiece of a year-round schedule of accessibly-priced children’s concerts in the Hall and the Salon. The program features a curated combination of main-stage works, new commissions, hands-on workshops, interactive music installations and intimate cushion concerts for babies, toddlers and young ones; all designed to foster a love of music.

New Music

The Centre’s dynamic new music program extends the boundaries of the art form, exploring a variety of genres and new musical possibilities. Every year the Centre partners with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to present the annual Metropolis New Music Festival. Metropolis is also complemented by an eclectic year-round program featuring established contemporary classics and exciting new compositions by international artists and Australian ensembles.

Contemporary Music

One of the hallmarks of Melbourne Recital Centre’s vibrancy is its increasingly diverse concert program. Originally envisioned as a venue for classical chamber music, the Centre’s program has grown to embrace a range of genres that features the best musicians from Australia and around the world.

Contemporary Music Leadership Circle donors enable the Centre to bring the most sought-after jazz, world, pop and cabaret artists from around the world to Melbourne, cementing the Centre’s place as a world-class venue for music performance.

Artist Development

Supporting the development of Australian artists is a key goal of the Centre, with particular emphasis on providing opportunities for serious music students and emerging young artists, as well as bringing together young Australian artists and international musical powerhouses.

The Artist Development Program pillar undertakes a range of initiatives dedicated to drawing as wide an audience as possible to special performances by Australian musicians.

With the support of the Artist Development Leadership Circle, Melbourne Recital Centre will substantially expand its engagement with talented students and emerging professionals, and celebrate the depth of talent in Melbourne and Australia through this burgeoning program.

Lifelong Learning

Gifts to the Life-long learning Leadership Circle ensure the Centre’s educational initiatives fulfil its potential as a hub where musicians and audiences connect with the best in music.

The Centre has a pivotal role to play in enhancing the impact of music education within the broader Victorian community. Through philanthropic and corporate support, Melbourne Recital Centre will continue to play a unique role in offering music appreciation and life-long learning opportunities at the venue and via an enhanced website. Digitisation of the Centre’s resources will provide better online access to recordings, video imagery, in-depth articles and links to libraries and tertiary music institutions that educate and enrich.

Your individual lead gift of $5,000 will initiate a Leadership Circle in your chosen program area and have an immediate impact on the Centre’s ability to deliver its world-leading performances and programs. Importantly you will inspire others to contribute to the Centre’s success for the long-term.

Make a Leadership Gift

Take a leadership role in supporting the Centre’s capacity to deliver great music, nurture artists and be accessible to all.

To discuss this powerful and enriching platform of giving, please contact:

Sandra Robertson
Director of Development
P 03 9207 2641