Patron?

What is that?

Patron: from the Latin word "patronus", meaning: "Defender of".

Creating and sharing music is a task that has never occurred in isolation. Always, it has been the product of a community. Throughout history, composers have brought their music into the world in partnership with patrons, defenders and champions of the arts. Through the practice of patronage, a patron can participate in shaping the cultural voice and identity of our society without having to build an entire career in the arts themselves… all while helping the artist to succeed and continue advancing through a challenging profession.

Patrons can be defenders of the art in various ways, the most common being a financial contribution in the form of commissioning of the composer’s works. This ensures that there are resources to complete the work, put forward its premiere, and attend festivals, artist development programs and other events.

As you scroll through this page you’ll hear more about why people become patrons, and the different ways to become a patron. I’m proud be associated with Fractured Atlas & the Australian Cultural Fund, which both provide facilities for tax-deductible donations to my campaign.

Why Become A Patron?

What The Patrons Have To Say

I'd Like To Donate

So how do you commission something?

Typically, commissioning a piece of music has been a somewhat complicated process: what’s the instrumentation? Who will perform it? Where will it be performed? Who will come? These layers of complexity have made participating in a commission prohibitive (without significant financial and logistical resources).

Since 2018 I’ve advocated for and operated by a concept I call “crowd-commissioning” to bring new music to life. It’s an innovative way of democratising participation in the creation of new works, allowing anyone to participate at a level commensurate to their means.

Each year I invite the public to partner with me – and an international community of co-commissioners – to create and present a series of new works for the ‘season’. In addition to the creation of new works, the season also includes scheduled performances, recordings, and festival attendances predominantly across Australia, North America and Europe.

Each work you help bring into the world takes on a life of its own

Part of the beauty is that your contribution doesn’t end when the season is over – each work you help bring into the world takes on a life of its own. As word gets out and it gets re-performed or re-broadcast, you can be certain that every step of the way, I’ll be tracking and reporting to you the progress and impact generated by your investment.

It is my privilege with every new work to recognise the contribution of each patron by inscribing their name into the score of the music they co-commissioned and thus made possible. I believe it’s important not just to acknowledge their contribution, but to ensure anyone who performs or picks up that score is reminded that it is a cultural artifact born of (and carrying with it) the goodwill and generosity of an entire community.

How To Become A Patron

The Patrons The Champions

WHY BECOME A PATRON?

There are a number of reasons people choose to become patrons:

The art is so much more powerful and meaningful when it is born from the participation and goodwill of individuals, throughout all levels of our society

You like my music and want me to make more.

You want to pay less tax!

To honour the memory of a loved one.

It's you empowering the mechanisms for hope, resilience and empathy needed in our time.

It's you leaving that trace of who we are, who you are, for the generations to come.

It's you taking responsibility for the identity of our society.

It's you continuing a tradition and ensuring who we were and what we stood for isn't absent from our cultural history.

It's you choosing to define our time as a vibrant period of advancement and the deepening of our humanity.

Without you the art stops.

WHAT THE PATRONS HAVE TO SAY

"Why did you chose to be a co-commissioner?"

“Where I can, I like to give people the tools they need to fully develop and express their talents.”

Peter J. Knight
Composer’s Circle Co-Commissioner
Perth, Australia

“Supporting the creation of a piece of music is such a special gift to me – it is one that while I give it to support the composer, it is in fact one that makes me feel blessed. I feel that I am part of the creation of something beautiful, that will bring pleasure to many. If we are not creating the music ourselves it makes sense to enable those that do, because without music our lives would be bereft of food for the soul.”

Annemarie Rolls
Gold Co-Commissioner
Melbourne, Australia

“Commissioning a piece of music gave us the gift of getting to be a part of something bigger than ourselves – something beautiful and profound.”

Bhattacharya-Karner Family
Maestro Co-Commissioners
Boston, USA

“Unlike the day-to-day of office work, supporting music composition allows me to be a part of the creation of something deeply human that brings us together. Doing this through Michael gives me the comfort that it will be pursued with relentless dedication”

Charles Custeau
Composer’s Circle Co-Commissioners
New York City, NY, USA

"I've been delighted to commission the work of Michael to honor the memory of my grandmother, Mrs. Azar Rastegar, who was a great patron of the arts and particularly dedicated to supporting talented young people to accomplish their goals." 

Dr. Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH
Virtuoso Co-Commissioner
Cambridge, MA, USA

“I feel gratified that by commissioning Michael, I can provide a deserving composer the chance to grow beyond financial barriers in the profession and become an even greater talent. The works he has produced so far are deeply moving and inspiring and have returned my contribution ten-fold.”

Justin Kruger
Gold Co-Commissioners
Stanford, CA, USA

HOW TO BECOME A PATRON

Thank you for considering donating.
There are a number of methods by which you can donate and those instructions have been carefully detailed below:

Participate At The   
Level You Can   

No Amount Is   
Too Small   

Tax-Deductible Gift   
Facilities Available   

What is
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   What The Patrons
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Why Become
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1. TAX RESIDENTS OF AUSTRALIA

Australians can make online, tax-deductible gifts via the Australian Cultural Fund for any amount greater than 2AUD. The fund processes donations via credit card or Paypal. To donate via direct deposit or cheque, please contact me.

AUSTRALIANS DONATE HERE

2. TAX RESIDENTS OF THE U.S.

USA tax residents can make online,  tax-deductible gifts via the 501(c)(3) fiscals sponsor Fractured Atlas. The fund processes donations online via credit card (either one-off or recurring). To donate via direct deposit or cheque, please contact me.

AMERICANS DONATE HERE

3. NO TAX WRITE-OFF NEEDED?

Not in Australia or the US?

If you’re not in Australia or the US and/or DO NOT need a tax-deductible receipt for your gift, it is possible to contribute online via credit card or contacting me to make a donation via cheque or direct deposit. A benefit of this method is that you can avoid higher processing fees.

DONATE HERE IF TAX WRITE-OFF NOT NEEDED

“I feel gratified that by supporting Michael, I can provide a deserving composer the chance to become an even greater talent. The works he has produced so far are deeply moving and inspiring and have returned my contribution ten-fold.”

Justin Kruger
Virtuoso Co-Commissioners
Stanford, CA, USA

OTHER WAYS

Are there any other ways I can be supportive?

Patrons don't necessarily need to be financial supporters.
You can champion the creation of music in other ways, including:

*Consulting on projects, strategy or volunteering
*Championing your own commissioning circle and helping get the word out
*Hosting or assisting in hosting a concert or fundraising event
*Bringing people along to performances
*Sharing the music with others online
*Inviting friends to join the newsletter

CONTACT ME

THE PATRONS

The champions & defenders of the music

2020

John Rodgers

Peter Wreford

Peter Knight

Dr. Arianne Kourosh

Charles Custeau

Bill Rigg

Charles Grant

Cynthia Stokes

Caitlin Trethewy

Adriana & Ed Custeau

Welvin Potter

Last Updated 6 October 2020

2019

PRINCIPAL CO-COMMISSIONERS
Angela Roberts & John Rodgers
Charles Grant 

COMPOSER’S CIRCLE CO-COMMISSIONERS
Peter Wreford
Charles Custeau

IMPRESARIO CO-COMMISSIONERS
Bill Rigg
The Kellis Family

MAESTRO CO-COMMISSIONERS
Peter Knight
Radhika Bhattacharya & Paul Karner

VIRTUOSO CO-COMMISSIONERS
Arianne Kourosh
Massimo Morin
Sarah Livingstone
Rita Khanna & Amar Bhattacharya 

GOLD CO-COMMISSIONERS
Chris Erickson & Joseph Zoellers
Anita Govindjee
Christina Ho
Daniela Caruso Micali
The Kruger Family
Ray Lian
Maren Cattonar & Matthias Oberli
Annemarie Rolls

SILVER CO-COMMISSIONERS
Dianne Beer
Saumyendra Bhattacharya
Adriana Custeau
Jonathan Friedstat
Geeta Gupta
Nancy Karner
Lema Kikuchi
Bianca Moore
Samantha Ory
Daniela Rus
Elina Street
Ellen Wallace

BRONZE CO-COMMISSIONERS
Rajni Govindjee
Jayati Datta Mitra
Anu Nehru
Vicky Ruleman
Elisabet de los Pinos
Katia Karalis
Linda Li
Melissa Carling
Penny Dash
Christopher Rucinski
Leanne Erdberg
Judah Rosner

TUTTI CO-COMMISSIONERS
Leanne Erdberg
Taylem Frost
Judah Rosner
Anne Miller
Ria Yang 

SPECIAL THANKS

Rae Gallimore
Emily Leung
Ashley Green
Jonatan Salman
Richard Rivale
Caitlin Trethewy
Justin Kruger
Laurence Jackson
Margaret Holland-Sparages
Ali Zaidi
St George’s College
The General Sir John Monash Foundation
The Australian Cultural Fund
Fractured Atlas

2018

COMPOSER’S CIRCLE PRINCIPAL CO-COMMISSIONERS
Charles Custeau
Charles Grant
Judith Landsberg

IMPRESARIO CO-COMMISSIONERS
Fred Kam
Robert & Marjorie Ory

VIRTUOSO CO-COMMISSIONERS
Rachel Ory
Caitlin Trethewy
Ed & Adriana Custeau
Ray Lian
Radhika Bhattacharya, Paul Karner & Ravi Karner
Rita Khanna Bhattacharya
Joseph Casella
Evie Grebla
Lenny Grokop
Arianne Kourosh
Tammy Mohan
Annemarie Rolls
Ali Zaidi

PRINCIPAL PATRON
Jonathan Friedstat
Melissa Carling
Sarah Day
Jill Kaehler
Christina Lazar
Andrew List
Amy McLennan
Samantha Ory

PATRON
Kristen Schwartz
Frank Ulip
Cecilia Vernes
Swajit Rath
Stas Gayshan
Taylem Frost
Justin Kruger
Dorice Meau
Margaret Evans
Miranda Gronow
Brendan Wittington
Matthew Geagea
Allie McIntosh
Anna Malasky

SPECIAL THANKS
Andrew List
Sienna Cho
Giorgi Byelov
Tyler McKisson
Ashley Green
Laurence Jackson
Brendan Lynch
Thomas Zhao