Make a donation

Since 1966 the DSO has been the main presenter of orchestral concerts and community and educational projects for Dunedin and Otago audiences and musicians. Ticket income, sponsorship, and central and local government and trust grants provide significant income for the DSO, but it is not enough to sustain the orchestra’s annual operations. The DSO needs your support so that it can continue to enrich and provide inspiration, especially in these challenging times. No matter how big or small, each donation plays a vital role in helping to sustain the orchestra.

Please consider making a donation in support of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Your donation will allow us to:

  • present nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists
  • present the widest possible range of orchestral repertoire
  • employ Dunedin’s finest orchestral musicians
  • undertake exciting and innovative special projects.

Contact us for more information (there is a handy form at the bottom of this page), or donate online with secure credit card payment.


DSO Concertante Donors

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to become a DSO Concertante Donor by making a personal or business donation of $500 or more, and your support will be acknowledged as follows:

  • Donors who are not concert subscribers are eligible for the priority booking period at the start of public sales of individual concerts, and the priority bookings which apply to special concerts from time to time.
  • Donors’ names will appear in the International  and Matinée Series concert programmes as a DSO Concertante Donor.
We thank our Concertante Donors

Noel Carroll, Anne Cloonon, Noela Simpson, Anthony van Loon.  Anonymous x 3

For donations of $5 or more you can claim a tax credit of one-third of the amount (up to the amount of your taxable income). The Dunedin Civic Orchestra Inc (trading as the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) is registered (CC34031) as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005. The Foundation for the Dunedin Civic Orchestra Inc is registered (CC22696) as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005.


The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra is trying to raise $6 million over 20 years to ensure its long-term survival. We depend heavily on grants from organisations such as Creative New Zealand, the Dunedin City Council and the Otago Community Trust. However, funding is not guaranteed and if we should lose any of these grants, then the future of the orchestra would be in jeopardy.

Interest earned from accumulated funds in our trust account will be used to create scholarships, promote musical education and fund extra concert activities. Our aim is to keep the capital intact, if possible, and only use Foundation earnings to supplement or replace grants and other financial resources that may cease.

The Foundation for the Dunedin Civic Orchestra (CC 26969) was established in 1994 with the objective of accumulating and holding reserves in trust for the Orchestra, and to ensure its long-term viability.

You can help the DSO by including a bequest to the Foundation in your will. It is an easy way to create a lasting legacy of music for future generations. Your bequest, be it modest or substantial, will be sincerely appreciated.

Include a bequest in your will

Speak to your solicitor to set up a bequest to the Dunedin Civic Orchestra Inc (trading as the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra) in your last will and testament. For more information:

Download our Bequests brochure

DSO Student Ambassadors on Campus

The aim of the initiative is to increase access for students to the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s events.

The DSO conducted a study in 2013 in collaboration with the University of Otago’s Department of Marketing to gain a better understanding of the student market in Dunedin with the view of increasing student attendance at DSO concerts.  The study identified a need to increase students’ awareness of the DSO by working with the University of Otago’s Music Department and other campus information channels. In order to help us reach our aims we’re looking for DSO Student Ambassadors on Campus to promote our events via various marketing channels.

If you are a student, passionate about classical music and willing to volunteer your time for this purpose, please get in touch.

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