Donations can be directed to the following areas. Please contact Francis Greep, Development & Communications Manager for any questions or more information.
"As conductors, as artist musicians, we are driven by passion, driven by inspiration and driven by a desire to achieve the highest possible artistic standards. As choral conductors we also have the privilege of being involved in the mostinclusive form of music-making. A choir only comes to life when every voice, every personality is captured and expressed through the performance.
As a conductor of children’s choirs, I have also found it thrilling to see young people matureand thrive in the choral environment, and go on to become fine professional musicians or professionals in other spheres who maintain their passion and drive in life as they did in music."
Lyn Williams OAM
Founder and Artistic Director, Gondwana Choirs
Support the creation and performance of new Australian music. Since 1989, Gondwana Choirs has commissioned and premiered over 200 new works from great Australian composers. Through Lyn Williams’ vision, we have built a uniqueand innovative choral repertoire, including works in Indigenous languages and the first Indigenous children’s opera ‘Ngailu: Boy of the Stars’. Our commissioning and collaborations with artists such as Michael Leunig and Neil Finn, ShaunTan, Synergy Percussion and the Australian Chamber Orchestra ensure that our young choristers are performing contemporary, culturally representative material.
We are currently preparing several major projects, including commissions, multi-artform collaborations and performances in high-profile festivals and venues. To enable this vision, the Artistic Director’s Circle provides a means by which tomake a transformative gift to Gondwana Choirs, specifically to support long-term creative projects. Individuals making donations of over $20,000 each year may become members of the Circle.
Donate now and support the Artistic Director’s vision.
Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir
"I have never seen anything like it before in my thirty years as an educator. Taking the cultural traditions and language of our First Nations peoples, creating high quality musical experiences and guiding the development of talent, has transformed lives. My kids are highly skilled, have developed confidence and built a repertoire of technique that few have the opportunity to access. I don’t think people understand how much Gondwana has changed the lives of these young people – and their families. The support and opportunities provided have opened doors to the world and taken the students out of their regional and sometimes remote communities and shown them what they are capable of achieving in the world."
Cairns State High School
The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir (GICC) gives talented Indigenous children the opportunity to join with their peers from across Australia, take part in musical, social and cultural education and performance opportunities, andshare the voice of their generation with the nation and the world. Under the direction of Artistic Director & Founder Lyn Williams OAM, the GICC developed out of a successful collaboration between the Sydney Children’s Choir and childrenin communities across the Torres Strait Islands during 2008. Since then, over 2,000 Indigenous children from QLD, VIC, WA, NSW and the NT have taken part in GICC activities.
The Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir program is a pathway: Indigenous children aged approximately 8 – 16 with musical potential are identified through community workshops held in schools with a high proportion of Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander children, and regularly rehearsing Choral Hubs are now established in Cairns and Western Sydney. 2014 was a landmark year for GICC, as they were integral to a spectacular performance of Paul Stanhope’sJandamarra: Sing for the Country, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House."
I love being a member of the Cairns GICC – it has given me some of the best days of my young life. To my fellow choristers, I love you. You are my second family."
Soloist, Jandamarra: Sing for the Country
All GICC activities are provided at no cost to participating children, schools and communities. We need your support to continue to offer life-changing opportunities and high-quality musical education to current Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir members and many more Indigenous young people throughout Australia.
Help young Australians find their voice and share it with the world!
We are developing a unique Australian choral voice by providing high-quality music education to talented young musicians from across urban, rural, regional and remote Australia through our internationally-renowned choral trainingprograms. As well as training, we provide opportunities for our choristers to perform with innovation and excellence alongside artists of the highest calibre in Australia and throughout the world.
As a small arts company with a wide reach and a big vision, we receive just 15% government funding, and so we need your support to help us continue to nurture and inspire young people.
Gondwana is like a patchwork quilt: every person ever involved with the choir contributes a patch. Every patch is unique but when joined together they create the greatest warmth and satisfaction. This quilt that we have created togetherhas helped me to grow to my greatest potential musically and emotionally.Gondwana Voices bursary recipient.
Your donation will help Gondwana Choirs continue to provide life-changing opportunities to young Australians. Bursaries which give socially, physically or economically disadvantaged young Australians amazing musical, social andeducational opportunities through our Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana National Choirs.
Accessibility is one of our core values – we want to ensure that no suitably talented and enthusiastic child is excluded from our programs dueto financial or geographical barriers. Bursary recipients include Gondwana choristers from rural and regional Australia, whose families have been adversely affected by drought, floods, and increased food and fuel prices. Others are singleincome families, reliant on government income support or families touched by tragedy.
Donate now to the Gondwana Choirs Bursary Program
Sing on: Supporting the future of Gondwana Choirs
Gondwana Choirs believes that all young Australians with demonstrated talent, drive and dedication should have the opportunity to be part of this life-changing program. Leaving a gift in your Will to Gondwana Choirs will ensure theparticipation and outstanding opportunities for the next generation, and a lasting legacy in your name. Many people have the misconception that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to a non-profit organisation, but it’s anopportunity available to all.
A bequest to Gondwana Choirs, however large or small, makes an enormous difference.
What to do next
Once you have decided to leave a gift in your Will to Gondwana Choirs, please contact our General Manager to hear more about future plans for the organisation, and how your gift can help. We then advise that you contact your solicitor toensure that the appropriate wording accurately reflects your intentions. Listed below are three of the most common bequests and wording:
Ways to bequest Percentage of an Estate Bequest
This refers to leaving a gift of a set dollar amount determined by you at the time of drawing up or altering your Will.
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to Gondwana Choirs ………. % of my Estate to be used for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficientdischarge of my Trustees.
This is leaving a gift of an item of specific value to be passed on to Gondwana Choirs in order to generate funds. Suggested wording for a bequest to Gondwana Choirs:
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the sum of $………. to Gondwana Choirs for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of myTrustees.
This is simply a gift of whatever is left of your estate (or a percentage thereof) after all your other gifts, taxes and debts have been fulfilled. As they are not specific amounts of money, this sort of bequest keeps its value regardless ofinflation over the years. It means that the gift you include today is worth just as much when the time comes to put it to work to help Gondwana Choirs.
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the residue of my Estate to Gondwana Choirs for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge ofmy Trustees.
We recommend that you seek advice from your solicitor when making or updating your Will.
Name of Organisation: Gondwana Choirs Pty Ltd
ABN: 16 065 410 577
All donations over $2 to Gondwana Choirs are tax deductible.
For further information regarding making a bequest to Gondwana Choirs, please contact Bernie Heard, General Manager
Westpac Matching Gifts
Did you know that when employees of Westpac Group make a donation to Gondwana Choirs, Westpac will match the donation through their workplace giving program, effectively doubling the amount?
This includes employees of Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, BT Financial Group, RAMS, St.George and Westpac.
Now in its 17th year, Matching Gifts is the Westpac Group’s largest community support program and was the first of its kind among Australian banks. Westpac Group and its employees donated approximately $5.37 million to more than670 Australian-registered charities as part of its 2015/16 Matching Gifts program.
More information can be found on the Westpac Intranet
Share Gift Australia
Did you know you can donate shares instead of cash?
ShareGift Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides you with an easy and tax-effective way to sell your shares and donate the proceeds to charity. You don’t have to engage a stockbroker, there are no brokerage fees and if the
value of your donation exceeds $50, you can nominate Gondwana Choirs as your recommended charity to benefit from ShareGift Australia’s donations.
How to donate
Simply complete the share sale donation form on the ShareGift Australia website and remember to recommend Gondwana Choirs.
How ShareGift Australia makes donations to charities
ShareGift Australia makes donations to eligible charities guided by the recommendations received from donors.
To find out more, visit the ShareGift Australia website.