The charities that will benefit from the funds raised by the auction and event are:

The Australian Music Foundation

The AMF was established in 1975 to promote and celebrate Australian musical life by offering scholarships to young musicians who wish to pursue their post-graduate studies overseas, as well as providing performing opportunities, mentoring and career advice. Studying abroad is crucially important for talented young Australians. Over the past 40 years, the AMF has supported the studies of over 150 young musicians in some of the finest cultural and educational centres in the UK, Europe and North America, many of whom have either gone on to celebrated international careers or returned to Australia to become highly-regarded orchestral musicians and teachers.

The Tait Trust offers awards and grants for post-graduate study, performance opportunities to young Australian musicians and performing artists, and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK. The Trust also grants scholarships and prizes and also contributes financially to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation, Bel Canto Awards. In 2013 the Trust created a new scholarship at the Royal College of Music to be known as the ‘Tait Scholar’ and continues to support the Sir Charles Mackerras chair with the Southbank Sinfonia, young Australian dancers with the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and the Rambert Dance Company and singers with the Wales International Academy of Voice.

Formed in 2003, the Royal Flying Doctor Service – Friends in the UK was established as an initiative to mark the 75th Anniversary of the first Flying Doctor Flight. Its Trustees raise funds in the United Kingdom which go toward much-needed medical and aeromedical equipment and the support of this iconic Australian remote area medical service. The UK Trust’s Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, while on the Australian leg of his Diamond Jubilee tour, officially named a new RFDS Beechcraft Kingair 200C aircraft in honour of the ‘RFDS – Friends in the UK’ in recognition of funds raised by the UK Trust.

Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world and a very high proportion of our surviving animals and plants (over 1,700 species) are listed as threatened with extinction. Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is developing and implementing a new model for conservation to reverse the decline in our wildlife by establishing sanctuaries and implementing practical land management – feral animal control and fire management – informed by good science. AWC is now the largest private owner of land for conservation in Australia, protecting a very high proportion of Australia’s terrestrial biodiversity including 71% of all terrestrial mammal species, 86% of all terrestrial bird species and around 50% of all reptile and frog species in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Lake Eyre and the Top End.

The Foundation for Australia & New Zealand Arts

The Foundation for Australia & New Zealand Arts (FANZA) works to promote Australian and New Zealand writers, musicians and artists to a wider audience in the UK. We offer a year-round programme of events supporting both new and established ‘artistes’. Working with partners such as the Salisbury International Arts Festival, the British Museum, Foyles flagship London bookstore and the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, we aim to celebrate the contemporary cultural links between Australia, New Zealand and the UK. We have showcased, among others, poet Selina Tusitala Marsh, pianist Jason Bae, writers Thomas Keneally, Witi Ihimaera, John Ahern and Fiona Kidman, polymath Dr Sharad Paul, mezzo-soprano Kate Howden and comedienne-turned-writer Magda Szubanski.

The Britain Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) was established in 1990 with the objective of advancing public education in the United Kingdom about Australia. It is raising an endowment to enable it to continue to grant scholarships and awards to nationals of both the UK and Australia to enable them to study in the other country. The Trust raised funds for, and organised, two significant memorials in the UK to Admiral Arthur Phillip, the captain of the First Fleet to Australia and first Governor of New South Wales, in the bicentenary year of Phillip’s death, 2014, including a memorial stone in the floor of Westminster Abbey.