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Help foster the next generation of musical talent
Your generosity enables us to provide the most comprehensive musical education for our students whose virtuosity and imagination may define the future of music both in Australia and abroad.

How you can support us

Making your contribution towards the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s many projects and activities is easy. Tax-deductible donations of $2 or more can be made:

  • online by completing a secure form and using your credit card; or
  • by cheque made out to “University of Sydney – SCM Foundation”
Postal address

Sydney Conservatorium of Music
University of Sydney
Cnr Bridge and Macquarie Streets
Sydney NSW 2000

By endowing or helping to endow a chair, you will ensure the Conservatorium can sit squarely on the international stage as a global centre of excellence in music education and research.

The Conservatorium would like to offer permanent support to a professorial chair in each of the teaching and research units – strings, piano, vocal and operatic studies, percussion, woodwind, brass, jazz studies, piano accompaniment, musicology, historical performance and composition – integrating them through cross-disciplinary links in performance and research.


The current cost of endowing a professorial chair is $5 million. Each year, 4.5 percent of the principal fund is made available to support the activities of the chair. Annual earnings above 4.5 percent are reinvested to maintain the fund’s value in real terms after inflation.

Bequests enhance our most exciting work and develop the talents of our gifted students.

The Conservatorium accepts legacies and bequests in any of these forms:

  • residuary of an estate
  • percentage of an estate
  • specific sum of money
  • particular asset such as real estate, works of art, shares, or an insurance policy.


For further information, please contact:

Julie Young
Associate Director, Annual Giving
+61 2 8624 8818

Ben Adler

Performers in the string quartet including Ben Adler
Bachelor of Music (Performance)
"Dr Westheimer’s generosity means we can access quality instruments and equipment of industry standard. It's brought me closer to my dream of becoming a professional chamber musician."
View the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship

Past Gifts 

Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize

As part of the the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s ongoing initiative to support female composers in their career aspirations, a new composition prize sponsored by Sue and Richard Willgoss was offered for the first time in 2017. Named after Sue, the Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize of $7,000 was awarded to a female composer judged to have written the best original chamber music work for 4 to 15 solo parts, with a playing time of twelve minutes maximum. The winner of the 2017 Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize was Holly Harrison.

I was absolutely delighted to be the inaugural recipient of this award which seeks to acknowledge Australian female composers. It is a welcome boost to my creative confidence, and gives me the encouragement to continue composing with increased self belief for the future!
Holly Harrison