Inspire the next generation

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.


What is the First Call Fund Subsidy Program?

The First Call Fund Subsidy Program is our way of ensuring that all Victorian students can benefit from participating in remarkable experiences at Arts Centre Melbourne.

It can provide:

  • Fully subsidised tickets to all performances, workshops, tours, and teacher professional Development sessions in Arts Centre Melbourne’s Annual Schools Program
  • A contribution towards travel costs to and from Arts Centre Melbourne


Is the First Call Fund for us?

If your school faces barriers that make a visit difficult, the First Call Fund may be for you.

It is available to any Victorian school that meets the following selection criteria:

  • Your school Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) is rated below 1028. ICSEA ratings are based on parents' occupation and education, a school's geographical location and proportion of Indigenous students. It was developed by Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. ACARA's website provides school profile data sets up to 2019, or you can refer to your MySchool listing
  • The location of your school
  • The socioeconomic and cultural background of your students
  • Special circumstances such as high unemployment, drought, flood, bushfire etc.


How do we apply?

Applications are accepted at the start of each school year via our online application form

Read the Terms and Conditions of the First Call Fund Subsidy Program thoroughly, especially if you have previously applied for the First Call Fund, as the Terms and Conditions have significantly changed.


Terms and Conditions


How can schools contribute?

  • Get involved: See a performance, go on a tour of our venues or take part in a practical workshop.
  • Share your story: Let your whole school community know about the important role arts excursions play in supporting your students.
  • Make the most of it: Share with us the impact your visit has had on student learning.


More questions?


Find out more about our First Call Fund Subsidy Program and how you can donate to this subsidy

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