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Every year, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra moves and delights audiences of all ages through music, from beloved symphonic masterworks to original Australian compositions. Locally grounded and community minded, the CSO delivers a range of programs beyond the concert hall to support health, wellbeing and connection.

While the CSO receives some grant funding from government, we rely on philanthropic support to deliver our annual concert season to a standard of excellence, championing Australian music and creating pathways for emerging musicians.

The CSO appreciates general donations that allow us to direct funds where they are most needed. However, if you would like to support a particular aspect of our programming or engage with us in an ongoing way – financially or as a volunteer – please contact us at


The CSO is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission – donations over $2 are tax-deductible. To donate by mail, please download and complete the donation form [PDF 171KB].

Make a general donation via CSO Direct



Advocate for classical music in modern Australian life

The CSO is a national leader in programming original Australian compositions. We believe classical music is just as thrilling and relevant today as it was in centuries past, a powerful art form for telling Australian stories and tackling contemporary issues.

We remain committed to supporting Australian composers and homegrown artists throughout 2020, all of whom have been directly impacted by COVID-19 cancellations.

The CSO recently announced an Australian Miniseries for 2020, commissioning 14 new works for solo instruments. We look forward to profiling a diverse selection of composers, who will collaborate with CSO musicians to bring each piece to life.

Each work in the Australian Miniseries will be premiered online, made freely available to invite new listeners to explore what classical music means in modern Australia. 

We invite you to partner with us as we support Australian artists, and champion classical music in Australian cultural life. To express interest in supporting the Australian Miniseries, contact Andy Baird, Artistic Planning Manager, via



Support a chair in your CSO

Sponsoring a chair in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra is a personal way to support one of our gifted musicians. Whether it’s an instrument you love or a player you hold in high regard, a chair sponsorship is a way to deepen your connection with the CSO and support our artistic endeavours.

To express interest in becoming a chair sponsor, contact Andy Baird, Artistic Planning Manager, via



Subscriptions and concert attendance are also vital avenues of support for the CSO. While we’re unable to present concerts at this time due to COVID-19, we are actively developing an exciting 2021 season – please sign up for our monthly newsletter to stay in the loop and enjoy digital content as it becomes available.