Financial Assistance

The AYO is committed to ensuring Australia’s most talented young musicians have every opportunity to participate. The AYO has a generous financial assistance program which offers scholarships to help participants offset registration fees and travel costs associated with attending AYO programs.

All applications for financial assistance are means-tested. 

Click here to download an application form for 2014 programs

Full details of how to apply for financial assistance for 2014 programs will be sent out with offers (from 8 October 2013) following a successful audition. If you have any concerns regarding meeting the cost of AYO programs please contact Lucy Papworth, Operations & Planning Manager to discuss this further, email

Payment Plans

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

To download a Payment Plan form click here.

AYO Scholarship Opportunities

Accenture Australia Scholarship

Worth $10,000 cash and awarded to outstanding musicians selected for the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2014.

Applications for the Accenture Australia Scholarship in 2014 close on Friday 22 November 2013.

For more information and to download an application form click here. 

Ernest V. Llewellyn Scholarships

Annual awards for string players 

Following Ernest 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 masterclasses, workshops or seminars such as AYO programs, in Australia and overseas. 

The late Ernest Llewellyn CBE had a distinguished musical career as one of Australia’s most notable violinists, as well as a conductor, chamber music performer and teacher. For 16 years he was concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1965 he was appointed Founding Director of the Canberra School of Music, and Musical Director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, positions he held for 15 years. Ernest Llewellyn was involved in many programs presented by the Australian Youth Orchestra, in particular as tutor, soloist and director at the AYO National Music Camps.

How to apply for a study or travel grant from the Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund for 2014

String players (violin, viola, cello, double bass) aged up to 28 may apply for a grant to support travel and study costs associated with further musical training in Australia and overseas. You do not need to be an applicant or participant in AYO programs to be eligible to apply.

Applications for the Ernest V. Llewellyn Scholarships in 2014 close on Friday 22 November 2013.

Click here to download an application form

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 them 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.

Click here to find out more about Richard Pollett.

Click here to find out about 2012 recipient, Glenn Christensen.

Click here to find out about 2013 recipient, Liisa Pallandi.