Australian Singing Competition - Prizes and Opportunities


Awarded at the Finals

Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy')

AUD $30,000 to assist with a program of study and/or singing activity

The winner of The Mathy will also receive:

1. Audition Prize from Lyric Opera of Chicago's Ryan Opera Center  An opportunity to audition for Lyric Opera of Chicago's professional artist-development program, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. Date to be mutually agreed upon; singer responsible for travel and lodging.

Ryan Opera Center

2. ABC Classic FM Prize Studio recording engagement for national transmission on ABC Classic FM.

ABC Classic FM

3. Faye Franco Prize IT consultancy for the development of a singer's website and six (6) months of service costs.

4. Fine Music 102.5 Recording Engagement A studio recording session with Fine Music 102.5.

Fine Music FM

5. Lili Ussher Prize Portrait painting of the winner in concert dress.

6. Lightbox Photographic Award Portfolio of publicity photographs.

Lightbox Photography

7. Editorial Resources Prize Professionally produced resumé.

8. Oral History Taped interview by oral historian Diana Ritch will be recorded and retained within the Oral History Collection of the National Library of Australia.

9. The Mathy Limited edition Drago Marin Cherina sculpture presented by Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®).

Drago Marin Cherina on Wikipedia



Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award

Fees for one year’s study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) on the Postgraduate Diploma Vocal Training Course in the academic year 2015/2016.

Guildhall School of Music

The winner will also receive the AUD $5,000 Clark & Associates Prize.

Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award

Fees for one year’s study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester (UK) in the academic year 2015/2016.

Royal Northern College of Music

The winner will also receive the AUD $3,000 Phoebe Patrick Award.

Mozart Opera Institute Award

Fees for one year's study at the Mozarteum University Salzburg in the Postgraduate Diploma Opera Course at the Mozart-Opera Institute in the academic year 2015/2016 and an additional subsidy for accommodation. 

Mozarteum University Salzburg

The winner will also receive the AUD $3,000 Neil Pascall Award.


Fees for either a one year non-degree course in the academic year 2015/16 or a two-year master’s degree program in the academic years 2015/17 at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.

Adler-Buchmann International Program

Royal Over-Seas League (UK) Music Bursary

A return economy flight to the UK and two weeks' accommodation and hospitality in central London at Over-Seas House, the private members' club of the Royal Over-Seas League (UK).

ROSL ARTS, the arts division of the Royal Over-Seas League, will arrange several performance opportunities in London or Edinburgh. 

The winner will also receive a cash grant of AUD $3,000 from the Royal Over-Seas League of Victoria (Australia).

Royal Over-Seas League (UK)


Royal Over-Seas League Victoria (Australia)

Merenda Foundation Scholarship

Cash grant of up to AUD $8,000 presented by the Merenda Foundation to enable the recipient to study the Italian language in Italy.

Nelly Apt Scholarship

Scholarship of up to AUD $8,000 presented by the Nelly Apt Estate to attend the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in Israel in July 2015, with airfares and living expenses.

International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI)

Bel Canto Voice Program Scholarship

An opportunity to attend the 'Audition Training Opera Program' held by the Bel Canto Summer Voice Program in Munich in 2015.

Bel Canto Summer Voice Program

Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award

A professional engagement with a nominated Australian symphony orchestra and a cash award of AUD $5,000 presented by Symphony Services International.

Symphony Services International

David Harper Award

Ten (10) lessons with David Harper, internationally renowned accompanist and vocal coach.

David Harper

Christine Leaves Award

Thirty (30) hours of publicist consultation, business and promotional planning over a 12-month period.

Universal Music Australia Prize

A collection of classical CDs from Universal Music Australia, a division of Universal Music Group, a global leader in music recording and distribution.

Universal Music Australia (Music Pages)

Zoe James Prize

A posture and voice control body review for each Finalist.

Opera Australia Prize

Opportunity for all Finalists to attend Opera Australia rehearsals in Melbourne or Sydney, observing an opera throughout the stages of its production.

Opera Australia


Awarded at the Semi-Finals

Tinkler Encouragement Award

Awarded to a singer not selected as a Finalist. Cash award of AUD $500.

Ingrid Davidson Award

Use of an upright piano made by Richard Lipp of Stuttgart (German s/n 42056) for up to two years in the recipient's home. Only Sydney residents are eligible for this Award.

Richard Lipp & Sohn

Radzyminski Family Prize

French tuition at an Alliance Française Centre in the singer's city sponsored by Lucienne Radzyminski.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura Award

Twenty-five (25) hours of study in Italian at the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney.
Italian Cultural Institute (Sydney)

Running Bare Prize

Package of sports clothing and accessories from Running Bare Australia to each Semi-Finalist.

Running Bare Australia



The recipients of any scholarships, prizes and opportunities are reminded that the cash component is a form of income. Any enquiries regarding tax should be referred to the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, an accountant or a registered tax consultant. The Australian Singing Competition (ASC) and its administrator, Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST®) act as co-ordinators of the above scholarships, prizes and opportunities and cannot accept responsibility if any provider is unable to fulfil its obligations in any form. If the recipient of any scholarship, prize or opportunity connected to funds elects not to proceed, the associated funds must be forfeited and may be made available to another Finalist. The ASC and MOST® take no responsibility for the acceptance of scholarships, prizes or opportunities that involve overseas travel. This decision is taken solely at the discretion of the recipient who should check the current status of the country in question with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs at the time of travel.

The Mathy Statuette

The Mathy

'The Mathy' has become synonymous with The Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the featured award within the IFAC Australian Singing Competition.

Hand cast in solid bronze, 'The Mathy' stands 195mm tall (230mm including its base) and weighs in at just under 1kg.

'The Mathy' limited edition Drago Marin Cherina bronze statuette was first awarded to Western Australian soprano Rachelle Durkin in 2000.


If have have any questions, contact us at the address below:

IFAC Australian Singing Competition

Level 4
Culwulla Chambers
67 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000

T: (+61 2) 9231 4293
F: (+61 2) 9221 8201

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