New Commissions

Imagine a world where no new pictures are painted; where no new plays are written, no new dances sketched out in the air.  Classical music needs new works to keep its composers and audiences inspired long into the future.  

The ACO’s New Commissions' Program helps us commission new works from Australia’s and the world’s most innovative composers, encouraging outstanding young composers to have their work performed for Orchestras both in Australia and on the international stage.

For a new commission, we seek a fully tax deductible donation of between $10,000 and $50,000, depending on the length and complexity of the work and the profile of the composer. 

For more information on supporting new commissions, please contact Sally Crawford, Patrons Manager, at or on (02) 8274 3830.

The ACO pays tribute to our generous donors who have provided visionary support of the creative arts by collaborating with the ACO to commission new works. 

Special Commissions

Josephine Key & Ian Breden


Peter & Cathy Aird
M Generowicz
Anthony & Conny Harris
Rohan Haslam
Lionel & Judy King
Bruce & Jenny Lane
David & Sandy Libling
Paddy McCrudden
Team Schmoopy
Rebecca Zoppetti Laubi





Jane Albert Susan Johnston & Pauline Garde
Steven Alward & Mark Wakely Brian Kelleher
Ian Andrews & Jane Hall Andrew Leece
Janie & Michael Austin Kate Mills & Sally Breen
T Cavanagh & J Gardner The Penn Foundation
Anne Coombs & Susan Varga Martin Portus
Amy Denmeade Janne Ryan
Toni Frecker Barbara Schmidt & Peter Cudlipp
John Gaden AM Richard Steele
Cathy Gray Stephen Wells & Mischa Way
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Euroz Charitable Foundation Gavin & Kate Ryan
Don & Marie Forrest Jon & Caro Stewart
Tony & Rose Packer Simon & Jenny Yeo
Nick & Claire Poll  


  Jan Minchin


QINOTH by Paul Stanhope



Steven Alward & Mark Wakely Brian Kelleher
Ian Andrews & Jane Hall Penny Le Couteur
Janie & Michael Austin Scott Marinchek & David Wynne
Austin Bell & Andrew Carter Kate Mills
T Cavanagh & J Gardner Janne Ryan
Chin Moody Family Barbara Schmidt & Peter Cudlipp
Anne Coombs & Susan Varga Jane Smith
Greg Dickson Richard Steele
John Gaden AM Peter Weiss AO
Cathy Gray Cameron Williams
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