The FRIENDS OF CHOPIN AUSTRALIA is a national not for profit association located in Canberra, Australia dedicated to exploring and promoting the composer Fryderyk Chopin, his music, and its role in Australia's musical life.
To achieve its objectives, the Friends of CHopin Australia will:
The Friends of Chopin Australia is managed through a committee of volnteers who administer, plan and carry outthe activities and responsibilities of the organisation.
The Friends of Chopin Australia was formed in 2011 under the name 'Friend of the International Chopin Competition of Australia' with the sole responsibility of assisting the Australian National University and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra with the staging of the competition
In 2012, the Friends incorporated and changed its name to the Friends of Chopin Australia Incorporated and widened its remit to include a broader scope of activites relating to Chopin and a more active partnership role in planning and managing the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition
In 2014 the Friends of Chopin Australia were recognised as a significant Australian cultural organisation and admitted to the Australian Register of Cultural Organisations administerd by the Ministry of Arts. This enabled Deductible Gift Recipient Status for the Friends of Chopin Australia allowing donations to the Friends to become Tax Deductible.
In 2015, the Friends of Chopin Australia were accepted as members into the International Federation of Chopin Societies. It is currently the only Australian member organisation, though there have in the past been Chopin societies in Sydney and Melbourne who were members
The Southern Cross was chosen because it is on Australia's flag. It symbolizes Australia and is immediately recognisable as such. The combination represents Chopin in Australia's musical life
Chopin's music manuscript. An excerpt from the 'Heroic' polonaise, Op. 53.
The Friends' activities are referred to as soirees and are grouped around the below themes. If you'd like to plan or host an event, please contact a committee member to discuss your ideas.
We would like to include the following types of event in the future:
Membership of the Friends of Chopin Australia confers a number of benefits, including:
There are three types of membership: Salon, Notable and Honourary:
To become a member of the Friends of Chopin Australia, please click the link below:
On 4 July 2015 the Australian Ministry of Arts confirmed that the Friends of Chopin Australia Incorporated had met the requirements for inclusion on the Register of Cultural Organisations.
As a result, on 11 July 2015, the Australian Taxation Office notified the Friends of Chopin Australia that it had been granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status under Item 1 of the table in Section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, through the Friends of Chopin Australia Fund, as listed in 12.1.1 public fund on the register of cultural organisations, under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
As such, under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, donations of $2 or more made into the Friends of Chopin Australia Fund are tax deductible for Australian taxation purposes.
For more about ROCO, visit the Ministry of Arts website [Click Here]
To see the Friends listing on the Register (page 1) [Click Here]
AFFILIATES are our valued partners who have a special relationship with the Friends through bestowing, membership, or volunteering. They are committed organisations and individuals who also promote and lobby on our behalf.
They are given privileges, logo placements and acknowledgements on our promotional materials and website.
There are three categories of affiliates, Circle Fontana (individuals or organisations providing structural support), Circle Lambert (organisations) and Circle Czartoryski (individuals).
If you would like to become an affiliate of the Friends of Chopin Australia, please contact the committee using the following form:
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The Friends of Chopin Australia is run by professionals who volunteer their time in various capacities according to the needs of the organisation or the events being held.
We are currently seeking anybody with an interest or skills in fundraising, particularly in regards to managing grant applications. We are also looking for people with web design or development skills, and people with promotional or event management skills.
If your interests are more academically inclined and would be interested in assisting with the Friends research activities, please let us know. Take a look at our Research page to see our current activities.
If you are not in Canberra, we would still like to hear from you. Particularly if you are interested in holding events under the Friends banner in your city.
Otherwise, if you would like to be involved in helping the Friends with their events in Canberra (catering, ticketing, greeting, setting up, advertising or promotion) we would love to hear from you.
Please use the below form to let us know you are interested.
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