The First Call Fund, part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Access Program, is our way of ensuring that all Victorian students can benefit from participating in remarkable experiences at Arts Centre Melbourne. We believe that access to performing arts experiences should not be a luxury but a necessary, vital part of every child’s education and development.
The First Call Fund Partnership Program provides access to performances, workshops, tours and teacher PDs at Arts Centre Melbourne for the low-cost of only $1 per ticket (subject to program availability). The subsidy may also reimburse the cost of transport to and from Melbourne. The Fund also provides a means for ongoing engagement with the State's largest performing arts centre, leading to greater benefits from the arts experiences it provides.
The First Call Fund is available to any Victorian school that meets the selection criteria.
If you are a teacher or principal who wants to foster creativity and curiosity among your students and broaden their experience, then a visit to Arts Centre Melbourne is a must! If your school faces barriers that make a visit difficult, the First Call Fund Partnership Program may be for you. Applications are accepted at the start of each school year. Eligibility is based on a number of criteria:
First Call Fund Partnership Program Applications for the 2020 Schools season will open on the 14th of October and will close mid-term 1, 2020.
Applications can be submitted via our online form.
Read the Terms and Conditions of this new Partnership Program thoroughly, especially if you have previously applied for a First Call Fund subsidy, as the Terms and Conditions have significantly changed.
Arts Centre Melbourne is committed to providing a range of access services throughout our venues. General access information is available on our Accessibility page, with more specific access information appearing on event pages when appropriate.
Thank you very much for your continuing support of our school by providing the students with rich cultural experiences. Our students are new arrivals and the majority from refugee backgrounds. The rich cultural experiences you are providing is a wonderful introduction into their new country. On behalf of the school I cannot thank you and your organisation enough for continuing to support our students. The feedback from students and staff has been overwhelmingly positive.
Once again, thank you so much for making quality Arts Performances accessible to our students. It really makes a difference, and I hope you know that these events have the capacity to enrich lives.
There is no limit to how many tickets you can book (subject to availability).
We encourage the entire school to take advantage of everything Arts Centre Melbourne has to offer. We hope this program inspires whole school collaboration and cross-curricular opportunities for students and teachers alike. There may be some limits and all shows are subject to availability, so get in touch to discuss how to make the most of the First Call Fund throughout the year.
Before the event, email email@example.com a quote from your bus company. The amount the First Call Fund can contribute to your costs will then be clarified in writing.
After the event, email a copy of your receipt of payment to the bus company and invoice Arts Centre Melbourne for the determined amount.
Note: The level of contribution is determined on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
The First Call Fund was established in 2008 thanks to the incredible generosity of Arts Centre Melbourne’s philanthropic supporters. Since then, the fund has continued to grow through the generosity of many different Victorians who share our belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to engage with the arts in a meaningful way.
Read more about contributing to the Fund