Our $1 million pledge to support local artists
Thanks to your support of our Local Artist Appeal, over $889,174 has so far been raised towards our ambitious $1 million target. Your donations have contributed to a sustainable future for Melbourne Recital Centre, guaranteeing artist fees and creating hundreds of employment opportunities for local artists in an ever-changing environment.
Lockdowns have resulted in over 75 cancellations and postponements of concerts in the last three months alone, and the impact of the generous contributions from our community of donors is being felt by our artists.
"I’m so grateful for your offer of payment through the Local Artist Appeal. This will be of enormous help in amongst so many cancellations and postponements, and I just can’t thank you enough for your magnificent generosity." – Stefan Cassomenos
'Thank you to all the team and patrons of Melbourne Recital Centre for this support. It means so much to me … All the best and sincerely hope to be with you all again very soon.' – Blair Harris
'This payment demonstrates that local artists are valued in the musical community and that has an enormous impact for us as an ensemble to continue our creative work.' – Syzygy Ensemble
'Our sincerest thanks to the incredible donors who have contributed to the Local Artist Appeal ... We look forward with hope and excitement to a time we may gather again and share in the joy of live performance.' – Laila Engle