Welcome to Wollongong Conservatorium
Positive Change Through Music
The commitment and generosity of our grant funders and sponsors has enabled WollCon to bring about positive change through music.
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Conservatorium Grants Program. Core funding from this grant program supports WollCon’s activities, but particularly our Music In Schools Program, Schools Band Programs and the Music Teachers we place in schools to deliver classroom music lessons.
WollCon has also been awarded two project grants through Create NSW. One grant will support the Enigma Quartet to be in residence at WollCon throughout 2023. It builds on the success of the Hot Potato Band’s residency during 2022 also supported by Create NSW. WollCon has also received a Creative Capital Award to improve the facilities in our Single Story Building – particularly for people with access requirements. These works will be undertaken in 2023/2024.
WollCon acknowledges the NSW Government Office for Regional Youth ‘Holiday Break Program’ for their support of BlueScope Youth Orchestra’s Regional Tour at Easter 2022
University of Wollongong Australia
WollCon receives support annually from the University of Wollongong as part of their Community Investment Program. Funds from UOW enable WollCon to develop:
- our program in Early Years music education in partnership with UOW Early Start activities
- activities to bring about positive change for people through music therapy
- initiatives that contribute to the educational , social and cultural fabric of the region
- our scholarships and bursaries programs.
Wollongong City Council
WollCon is located in the beautiful Wollongong Botanic Garden, in buildings leased from Wollongong City Council and often benefits from project grants to support our work, particularly with community ensembles. We are grateful to Wollongong City Council for their ongoing commitment to the future sustainability of WollCon.
Creative Partnerships Plus 1 Program
WollCon benefitted from a Creative Partnerships Plus 1 Program grant in 2021/2022. The program boosts the fundraising efforts of not-for-profit arts organisations with a dollar-for-dollar matched donation program. The WollCon fundraising campaign called ‘Musical Futures’ raised over $15k from individual donors whose donations were matched dollar for dollar by Creative Partnerships. The donations directly supported the 50th Birthday Year of WollCon in 2022 through the commissioning of new works, a weekend long festival and four major celebratory concerts throughout the year.
Thanks also to the Merrigong Theatre Company (IPAC), operators of the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, who have supported our program through their Community Grants Program, enabling us to access the amazing Wollongong Town Hall for our performance program and large-scale participative events.
BlueScopeWIN Community Partners
Bluescope is the title sponsor of the BlueScope Youth Orchestra and we receive a grant from the BlueScopeWIN Community Partners program to support the Orchestra’s ongoing activities. The relationship between BlueScope and the Youth Orchestra celebrated 35 years in 2020.
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