Partnerships and giving

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music offers students and staff a vibrant, world-class learning environment, nurturing the future of creative practice and enhancing Melbourne's connection to the arts.

We support creative learning because we believe artistic minds effect change. Our philanthropic and commercial partners play a vital role in this process by supporting improved learning opportunities, scholarships, outstanding research and world class facilities in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct.


The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music enjoys a range of partnerships and engagement activities with major arts companies in Melbourne's arts and university precincts, smaller companies locally and nationally and sister institutions around the world.


We partner with a range of institutions across a diverse range of areas, including programming, teaching and learning, research, professional development and more. If you're interested in working with us, please contact: Susan Bird, Engagement and Partnerships Manager, by emailing

Selected partnerships

Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO)

In 2019, the University of Melbourne became the official University Partner of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. This relationship offers unique training opportunities to students at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, who represent the next generation of professional Australian string players. The ACO works with the University to collaborate with our researchers on areas such as talent development pathways, musician and social interaction, early musical interventions, and performer and audience wellbeing.

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Australians in Film (AiF)


Film and Television alumni from the Victorian College of the Arts have the opportunity to work at the former home of Charlie Chaplin in Los Angeles, thanks to a new partnership between Australian’s in Film (AiF) and the University of Melbourne. Known as “Charlie’s”, this unique space is located at the historic Raleigh Studios, right in the heart of Hollywood.

Explore AiF

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Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC)

In 2020 the University of Melbourne is partnering with the ABC and the Australia Council to present TOP 5 Arts – a media residency for graduate early-career practitioners and PhD researchers working in visual arts, performance, design, architecture and screen. The five successful applicants will be offered an intensive two-week residency at the ABC’s Southbank headquarters in August, during which they will work alongside some of Australia’s top journalists and broadcasters, training in media communication and developing content for different ABC platforms.

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Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)


The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. Taking place online in 2020, MIFF showcases the best in current cinema from around the world as well as retrospectives, tributes, discussion programs and Australia’s largest showcase of new Australian cinema. In partnership with the festival, the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music will be offering students and staff exclusive access to a series of MIFF events and screenings, and supporting a curated program of short films by alumni.

Explore MIFF

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Earlier this year, the University of Melbourne partnered with Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA 2020, with the festival presenting three performance seasons at the Martyn Myer Arena at the Southbank campus, and offering a program of masterclasses by visiting international guests to students at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. As part of the festival’s program, Acting and Theatre students from the Victorian College of the Arts presented public performances of traditional Balinese dance in some of Melbourne’s most iconic public spaces, including Federation Square and the State Library of Victoria forecourt.

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ANAT SPECTRA, Australia's pre-eminent showcase of interdisciplinary collaborations between artists and scientists, will next take place in Melbourne in Spring 2021, presented at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus by ANAT in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, with program support from the Wilin Centre and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)
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In 2017, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music launched a Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) in partnership with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The first course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, this two-year degree provides future generations of performing musicians greater employment opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Explore the MSO

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)


The University of Melbourne is the Learning Partner of the National Gallery of Victoria's (NGV) Winter Masterpieces Exhibition. Aside from this major exhibition the NGV also hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events, from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance. Founded in 1861, today the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. As one of our closest neighbours in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, students frequently have the opportunity to take part in exhibitions and performances at the NGV and to see visiting international curators present at our weekly Art Forum series.

Explore the NGV

Watch VCA Theatre and Dance students perform Simone Forti's Huddle as part of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.


Supporting students to find their unique voice 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 our loyal supporters nurture the creativity and passion of some of our best and brightest students, help Australia’s next generation of artists fulfil their potential in the heart of Melbourne's Arts Precinct and increase the accessibility of courses to a more diverse student population.

If you would like to discuss philanthropic opportunities at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, please contact our Development Manager

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New opportunities

Giving Stories

Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie: supporting performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills

13 August 2019
Andrew McAliece and Richard Simmie’s decision to support performing arts students, through their lifetime giving and a gift in their Wills, has opened up a whole new wor...

Meet the family: Ron and Margaret Dobell on why they love VCA Music Theatre

20 August 2018
Their support of VCA Music Theatre has transformed the lives and careers of emerging artists, but the Dobells’ influence goes way beyond the financial.By Paul Dalgarno...

Martyn Myer: ‘A world-class cultural capital needs a world-class arts training faculty’

6 August 2018
Philanthropists come in all shapes and sizes, but for Martyn Myer there’s only one approach: roll up your sleeves and don’t take no for an answer. By Paul Dal...

On Monday 27 August 2018, we celebrated our good friend Lionel Gell's 90th birthday. Lionel has been an extraordinarily generous supporter of the Faculty in recent years, with 2018 marking the 10th anniversary of the Lionel Gell Foundation Scholarships, which have assisted more than 90 students in their studies.

Would you like to create a scholarship?

Scholarships 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 through annual gifts, endowments and bequests.

Find out more about creating a scholarship