Commission New Music

Individual Commissions

$3,000 and above

CIMF has a long and proud history of commissioning new music. All works commissioned to be premiered at the festival are fully funded by donors. Donations for commissions ensure that our Artistic Director has the financial support to continue commissioning bold new Australian music, keeping our art form vibrant.

CIMF has an impressive record in commissioning diverse voices, including Indigenous, female and emerging composers.

All individual commissions are discussed in detail with our Artistic Director and are created in close collaboration between the commissioner, the artist, and the Artistic Director.

To find out more please contact the office.

A Major Lift

$500 and above

A Major Lift is our donor circle created to support the commissioning of Australian music to be premiered at the Festival.

Joining A Major Lift will give you the opportunity to contribute to the creation of new music and experience a world premiere performance. You will also be invited to a ‘Meet the Composer’ event along with your fellow commissioners.

All donations to A Major Lift are tax deductible and acknowledged in our Festival Program and on our website.

In 2023, A Major Lift celebrated its five year milestone.

2023 A Major Lift Supporters

A huge thank you to these generous individuals.

Melanie & Michael America
Andrew Blanckensee
Debbie Cameron
Graham Chalker & Bev Clarke
Catherine Hawkins & David Windsor
Dr. Judith Healy
Prof Ingrid Moses AO & Dr John Moses
Elizabeth & John Oliver
Heather Thompson & Robert Orr PSM

How can I donate?


Donate online via TryBooking. Follow the donate button below for more information.

Please do hot hesitate to contact us for more information:
02 6128 5880 |

Direct Deposit

Name: Canberra International Music Festival Ltd. Public Fund
Bank: Bank Australia (Branch: Canberra Centre, Canberra ACT 2601)
BSB: 313 140
Account number:1222 8387 


Or Print a Donation Form here


Please send your cheque to:

Canberra International Music Festival Ltd.
Ainslie Arts Centre
30 Elouera Street
Braddon, ACT 2612

Please complete the form and one of our team members will get right back to you.