Canberra Wind Symphony is comprised of over 40 fine instrumentalists who are passionate about perpetuating the state of the art of musical composition and performance. The ensemble is driven by the passion of these professional musicians, however, that passion can only take the cause to a certain point.

We need your assistance.

CWS has no funding. Over the past two-and-a-bit years, we have continued to present world-class performances of cutting-edge music, on the goodwill and passion of core instrumentalists and passionate investors, but that proverbial ship is getting ready to set sail. With dwindling arts funding, minimal support from our alma maters, relevancy deprivation through minimal music education and an over-crowded space for grants applications, the road ahead is uncertain.

The cost of presenting each individual concert reaches into the thousands – the good news is that a significant portion goes to supporting living composers, and for that, we are immensely proud. The rest goes to venue costs, publicity and insurance, and if there’s anything left over, we split it between the players – it’s usually a two-figure number. To illustrate, if we were to pay our professional instrumentalists the standard union rate for a musician, we would need around $32,000 per concert on top of the other expenses.

How can you help?

The best way to support CWS is to attend our performances, and bring a friend. However, there are a few other options for our particularly passionate supporters.

In the interest of benefiting all performers, CWS will no longer be offering individual player partnerships, but there are new simpler options to choose from below.

$100 $250 $500 $1,000





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 1 x ticket to concert of your choice 2 x ticket to concert/s of your choice 4 x ticket to concert/s of your choice 2 x Season pass to the CWS Colour Concert Series
Voucher for 1 x 60 minute private wind trio performance on your premises