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Donations of $2.00 or more to Zelman Symphony are now tax-deductible.

Zelman Symphony is Melbourne’s oldest and most-daring community not-for-profit symphony orchestra with a history going back to 1906. The orchestra gives concerts in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs plus occasionally in Daylesford and other regional centres as well as in Melbourne’s major concert venues such as Hamer Hall, The Recital Centre, Melbourne Town Hall and even the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Money received from donations is used for purchase of equipment as well as to fund major projects.

Donations Honour Roll


$1000 or more
Annie and Peter Duncan

No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle Donors

Principal Partner: The Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Maestro Partners: Planet Wheeler, Gandel Philanthropy

Symphony Partners: Robert Salzer Foundation, Kids Off Nauru

Private Donors: Suzanne Maple-Brown, Katrina and Simon Holmes à Court, Kaye Ronec, Anonymous


$500 or more


$250 or more


$100 or more


$50 or more

The Donations Fund

Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra Inc. is a non-profit association. We receive no government funding.

Ticket revenue provides only a portion of our overall operating budget, and the remainder comes from player memberships, sponsorships and dividends from several past bequests.

Zelman Symphony is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations, and has formed the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra Donations Fund which is able to accept donations to support the orchestra. Donations of $2.00 or more to this fund are tax deductible. The orchestra is also registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Any donation you can make, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated. Your gift will be used to fund musical instruments, music scores and stage equipment to enhance our performances, ensuring Zelman Symphony continues to benefit the community and offer valuable performance opportunities to local performers.

To Donate

Donations can be made securely online via, a giving portal supporting Australian not-for-profit organisations.

You can also make a donation as you are buying tickets via TryBooking, by using the Other Events link at the shopping cart after you have selected your tickets.

Donations will also be accepted by Cheque. Please fill in the form at Donation Form and post it to the address on the form or leave it at the box office at Xavier concerts. We will also accept cash donations at Xavier concerts.

You will receive an official receipt for all donations over $2.00.

If you wish to discuss a potential donation, bequest or sponsorship, please contact us by email or by post to ZMSO Donations Fund, P.O.Box 408, Kew East, 3102.

Recognition of Donors

We will recognise on our website all donations of $50 or more in the following categories for 12 months:

Impromptu $50 or more
Overture $100 or more
Intermezzo $250 or more

Donations of $500 or more will also be publicly recognised in our program notes for 12 months.

Concerto $500 or more
Symphony $1000 or more

Of course, you can choose to remain anonymous, but please make sure you do send your contact details to us so we can send you a valid receipt.

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