Friends of the School of Music

The Friends of the School of Music is a non-profit association which aims to be a source of practical and financial support to students of the ANU School of Music. We advance musical endeavours within the School and help foster its engagement with the Canberra community.

The Friends assist the School's pre-tertiary program by organising concerts to enable our young musicians to present their talents in public performances. We fund prizes to tertiary students for musical performance and academic achievement and offer ad hoc grants for projects adding substance to their musical experience. We provide a Friends Transition Award to recent graduates to assist in the transition from formal study to a professional career in music. 

Read about the Friends’ activities and support of students for the past year in the President's Report for 2017.

Read the 'Friends' monthly Newsletter

The Friends of the School of Music produce a monthly newsletter.


celloplayerWe raise money through concerts, donations and membership fees to fund student grants, prizes and scholarships.  We also seek donations to the Friends of the School of Music Public Fund to support a Friends of the School of Music Performance Scholarship. We share an investment with ANU in the Friends Endowment Project Fund (within the University's Endowment for Excellence) and provide advice on the projects to which income from the fund is directed. In 2011 a bequest enabled us to establish a second fund, the Christel Larko Music Scholarship endowment, which funds voice and keyboard scholarships. A third, the Barry Fankhauser endowment, commenced funding of the Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship in 2015.

Fundraising concerts

In 2017 there will be concerts at embassies as well as at venues at the School, with performances by staff, students and alumni of the School. The concert program is updated regularly, and advertised in our newsletters. 


Membership of the Friends brings entitlement to generous concessions to School concerts and School Library membership. There are opportunities to meet students and staff and to become involved in the life of the School. In this way we advance the cause of musical education and appreciation in Canberra.

Download the Membership form 2018 [PDF, 106KB]  


The Friends of the School of Music Endowment

The Friends of the School of Music Endowment supports a number of prizes at the School of Music which reward, acknowledge and encourage talented students. The Prizes include the Ensemble 1st Prize and People's Choice Prize, Bernard Neumann Prize and the Friends Transition Award. Your donation to the fund will allow our awards to continue and to grow.

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The Friends of the School of Music Larko Endowment

These Scholarships, currently supported by a bequest endowed to the Friends of the School of Music, support students studying voice and piano in the areas of both Classical and Jazz music. Your donation in support of this cause will allow more and larger scholarships to be awarded to talented students.

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The Friends of the School of Music Public Fund

The Friends of the School of Music Public Fund supports, inter alia, an annual undergraduate scholarship, the Friends of the School of Music Performance Scholarship. The scholarship is offered annually to a newly enrolling performance student, commencing in first year, for up to four years, dependent on the student's progress. Your donation to this fund will allow ANU to continue to attract talented and dedicated performance students.

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Grant & Prize Information

The Friends offer grants to eligible students of the School of Music. Grants are intended to enhance the skills and experience of students in ways attracting clear benefits both to the applicants and the School. In 2018 the Friends will give priority to supporting applications from students with a high-quality performance element as well as to applications of a collegiate nature, having the potential for benefit to a number of students. Applications from students in non-performance fields such as composition and music technology will also be considered. Applications from undergraduates, including honours students, are particularly welcome. Grant Guidelines 2018 [PDF 198KB]

Friends Ensemble Music Prize 

The Friends of the School of Music established its ensemble prizes to promote ensemble playing in the tertiary student cohort, in all musical genres taught at the ANU School of Music.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories for each Prize:

  • the Friends Chamber Music Prize (First Prize $1,000, People's Choice $500); and
  • the Friends Jazz and Contemporary Music Prize (First Prize $1,000, People's Choice $500).


In 2018 the Friends Ensemble Prize will be held on Monday 21 May, 6.30pm in the Big band Room, Peter Karmel Building, ANU.


To be eligible for the prizes, each ensemble must include at least one member who is a current tertiary ANU School of Music student. All other members of eligible ensembles must be current students of the ANU School of Music or the Open School of Music.

Ensembles may include duos provided there is no piano accompaniment involved; works for two pianos and/or four hands will be counted as ensembles rather than accompaniment.

Students are permitted to appear in more than one ensemble.

How to apply

Please read the Friends Ensemble Prize Conditions of Award [100 KB PDF]. To enter, email by Friday 11 May 2018, providing your name and ID number, ensemble members and instruments, and the category you are entering. Only one entry is required per ensemble, and a primary contact (a School of Music student) is to be listed. You will also need to provide names of pieces performed, composer and date as well as a stage plan featuring equipment, where people will be standing etc and any instructions for change over between ensembles and pieces for the performance. Competitors will be judged according to the School of Music’s ensemble performance assessment rubric. It is recommended entrants get in touch with John Mackey for advice on how to make the most of your performance.

Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship

The Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship is available to be awarded annually, to assist a School of Music student to compete in an international performance competition. Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship [PDF 65KB]

Christel Larko Music Scholarship

The Christel Larko Music Scholarships are funded by a bequest to the Friends of the ANU School of Music. The Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students studying voice or piano in a program offered by the ANU School of Music. Christel Larko Scholarship [PDF 151KB]

Bernhard Neumann Memorial Prize

Professor Bernhard Neumann was a Professor of Mathematics from the early days of The Australian National University. He was a founding member of the Friends of the School of Music and played an active part on the Friends Committee for most of the time until his death in October 2002, aged 91. Professor Neumann was renowned for rigour in academic standards and a strong desire that his students should succeed.


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Friends' Donation Funds
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