Donate now to help ensure the
future of National Music Camp

AYO National Music Camp is a platform for Australia’s best musicians to come together with other like-minded young people and pursue excellence. With a shared passion and the guidance of some of the world’s finest music tutors and conductors they have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop greater confidence as emerging artists.

70 years ago, the first National Music Camp was held at Point Lonsdale in Victoria. Since that fruitful summer more than 8,000 young lives have been enriched through the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Training Pathway. Our alumni carry the torch of success forward in many different walks of life and share a life-long passion for music.

In 2018, National Music Camp will deliver training in orchestral performance, composition, arts administration and sound recording to four times as many participants as that first camp in Point Lonsdale. Funds secured from this appeal will help AYO to sustain and improve the high quality and diversity of training at National Music Camp, and enable us to involve all eligible participants no matter what financial or geographical barriers may restrict them.

We invite you to ignite and nurture young Australians’ passion for music by donating now to the AYO 2017 Appeal. Your gift will help inspire the next generation of performers, composers, arts administrators and creative leaders.

How to donate

Click here to donate via our secure online portal

Call (03) 8420 5710 / (02) 9356 1408

Download a donation form here

All donations above $2 are tax deductible.


 'I’d drop everything to tutor with AYO again – it was the most fun I’ve had in my professional life. It’s so inspiring to be surrounded by the passion and excitement of the young musicians, who play every concert as if it’s the first and last they’ll ever play.’  

– Sharon Grigoryan, AYO Cello Tutor


 ‘From a young, starry eyed kid to being a role model as concertmaster - I have experienced the lot across seven summers at National Music Camp. I believe it is a vital training tool for young musicians. I would not have been able to achieve all that I have without the help of the Australian Youth Orchestra.’

– Annabelle Swainston, Violin Participant



National Music Camp 2018

Take a look at what National Music Camp has to offer.

Celebrating 70 Successful Years

AYO Chief Executive Officer, Colin Cornish, talks about the importance of National Music Camp. Watch the video here.