Commissions - A MAJOR LIFT!

A Major Lift is back! We've kicked off the fundraising campaign for A Major Lift 2020.  Donate by 31 October 2019 to be A Major Lifter ($500 minimum) and support Australian composers 

A Major Lift is a new donor circle to raise money each year to commission Australian composers to write music that will premiere at the Canberra International Music Festival.

Becoming A Major Lifter gives you the opportunity to contribute to the creation of new music and then experience a world premiere performance. And afterwards, you, and your fellow Major Lifters, will feel the joy of clinking champagne glasses with a newly-premiered composer, knowing that their music came to life because of your support.

You can find more information on A Major Lift here (download pdf).

Our inaugural A Major Lift campaign in 2019 received a Creative Partnerships Plus1 ‘matched funds’ grant of $28,875. The Creative Partnership grant will fund the implementation of a customer relationships management system by the end of 2020.

Our inaugural A Major Lift was fully subscribed in 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, ‘A Major Lift’ raised $32,250 of which $2,000 has been put aside to kick start A Major Lift 2020.

Diverse Voices. The Festival is proud to commission diverse voices in composition including indigenous and female composers, both of whom are under-represented in contemporary art music. We also support and nurture the talents of the next generation of Australian artists, providing exciting opportunities for young composers to create new works. Further information about our commissioning policy can be found here.

We are seeking to support a number of groundbreaking commissions in 2020.

The Festival has a long and proud history in commissioning new music so you can feel confident that your donation will be invested wisely. You can find out more about our history of commissioning here.

Our 'thank you' to donors. Donations to A Major Lift 2020 will be acknowledged in our 2020 Festival program. You, and fellow Major Lifters, will be invited to a special ‘Meet the Composer’ donor event. This will be a chance to meet the minds behind the music.

If you are interested in becoming A Major Lifter you can donate by following the links below. If you would like more information founder of A Major Lift Catherine Hawkins would love to talk to you. You can leave a message for Catherine by contacting Hanna-Mari Latham, our Office and Finance Manager by emailing or call the Festival office on 02 6230 5880.

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible (you will receive a tax invoice indicating the amount of the donation). All donations above $500 and received before 31 March 2020 will be acknowledged in the festival program. Donations will be acknowledged on our website. Or you can choose to remain anonymous.

There are several ways you can donate:

ONLINE with a credit card.
Complete the online transaction via TryBooking. Simply click on the button at right. (There is an additional charge of $0.50 per transaction).


  • Name: Pro Musica Public Fund

  • Bank: St George Bank (Branch: Marcus Clarke Street, Civic, ACT 2600)

  • BSB: 112 908

  • Account number: 441 041 801


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


We would love to hear from you so please contact us during office hours (9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday)

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Please note, all our office staff are part-time and may not be immediately available to take your call.  Just leave a detailed message or send an email and we will happily call you back.