Financial Assistance and Scholarships

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.
  • Applicants may wait to receive the outcome of their financial assistance application before paying their program fees.
  • In addition to this, AYO offers musicians the option of setting up a payment plan.

Applications for financial assistance in 2020 are now closed.



Applications for scholarships in 2020 are now closed. 

The Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund
Annual scholarships 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.


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.


The Mary Vallentine AO Award

AYO has established these new opportunity grants to thank and pay tribute to the significant contribution of Chairman Mary Vallentine AO. Mary, a former Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony and CEO of the Melbourne Recital Centre was Chairman of AYO from 2008–17. These discretionary awards will be made annually to enable young musicians to take up valuable audition, study and performance opportunities.



If you have any concerns regarding meeting the cost of AYO programs please contact the AYO office by phone on 1300 668 500, or by email at info@ayo.com.au