Melbourne launches new Conservatorium home with ACO partnership news

The long-awaited formal opening of Melbourne Conservatorium’s new home at The Ian Potter Southbank Centre on 1 June featured the announcement of a $1 million partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

At the official launch of The Ian Potter Southbank Centre by Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, Melbourne University VC Duncan Maskell announced that Melbourne would be the official University partner of the ACO for the next 5 years with an investment of $200,000 per annum.

Professor Maskell said: “The ACO partnership, made possible by the Sidney Myer University Trust, will provide our students at the Conservatorium with exceptional educational enrichment opportunities to engage and learn from the national orchestra’s musicians.”

The $109 million Ian Potter Southbank Centre was funded by the University of Melbourne, the Victorian Government, and generous philanthropic support, particularly from The Ian Potter Foundation, Martyn and Louise Myer and The Myer Foundation.