Financial Assistance

AYO is committed to ensuring that all eligible musicians are able to participate in our programs regardless of financial and geographic barriers. We have a generous financial assistance program which helps participants offset the program fees and travel costs associated with attending AYO programs.

Financial assistance is open to all successful applicants and is means-tested to ensure those with the greatest need receive assistance. 

Payment Plans

AYO is able to assist you with paying your fees by setting up a payment plan. 

Payment Plan Form (download PDF)


AYO is pleased to offer three scholarships for orchestral musicians to support their participation in AYO programs, as well as to pursue additional development opportunities. The Accenture Scholarship, generously donated by our Principal Sponsor and Digital Partner, is open to all successful applicants of the AYO February and July Seasons. The Ernest V Llewellyn Memorial Fund and The Richard Pollett Memorial Award are open to both AYO and non-AYO musicians.

Accenture Scholarship

The Australian Youth Orchestra’s Principal Sponsor, Accenture, offers a $10,000 cash scholarship to an outstanding musician selected for the Australian Youth Orchestra. This scholarship will provide financial support for the recipient to participate in AYO’s programs in 2017 and to pursue further study, travel, or instrument acquisition. The scholarship is awarded through a competitive application process that includes a recorded audition together with a written case for support. 2017 applications are now closed. 

The Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund Annual Awards for string players

Following Ernest V. Llewellyn’s death in 1982 this Fund was established by a group of his friends and colleagues to honour his life and work, and has as its principal objective the advancement of string playing in Australia. Annual awards provide support for young string players wishing to undertake advanced studies, or to attend master classes, workshops or seminars such as AYO programs, in Australia and overseas. You do not need to be an applicant or participant in AYO programs to apply. 2017 applications are now closed. 

The Richard Pollett Memorial Award

Richard Pollett, a former violinist of the Australian Youth Orchestra, died tragically in a road accident on 27 September 2011. He was 25. The Richard Pollett Memorial Award has
been established by Richard’s family and close friends in association with the Australian Youth Orchestra to honour his memory. Discretionary awards will be made annually to provide support and encouragement to young violinists who display outstanding personal and musical attributes.


If you have any concerns regarding meeting the cost of AYO programs please contact

Lucy Ericson, Director of Operations to discuss this further, email