How We Help

Each year, Friends support the NAC Orchestra’s Music Education initiatives, both financially and through volunteering.

We provide awards and grants to support young people’s music programs and projects.

Many of our social activities also double as fundraisers. Music to Dine For! and the Embassy Chamber concerts are two of our biggest fundraising activities. The silent auctions, which we oversee at select concerts, are another major fundraiser.

Our volunteers participate in a variety of music related activities, from driving student musicians for the Summer Music Institute to organizing activities at TuneTown. See our volunteer section.

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 Awards, Grants

We provide awards and grants to support young people’s music programs and projects. These include the following:

  • National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute (SMI) Young Artist Awards – two awards of $5,000 each
  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition – one award worth $3,000 and the Young Musician Performance Award worth $500
  • Kiwanis Music Festival – one senior scholarship worth $1,000 and two awards worth $250 each
  • MusicFest – one award for the outstanding woodwind player worth $1,000
  • Young String Performers Foundation – a contribution of $1,000
  • OrKidstra program – a contribution of $1,000
  • Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy – a contribution of $1,000

2016 Recipients

Ross Francis with the 2016 NAC SMI Award Winners

MusicFest Nationals

 Support NACO Programs

Each year, Friends support the NAC Orchestra’s Music Education initiatives.

The money we raise through our various fundraising activities is used to help pay for the costs associated with:

For more details, see the reports of the NAC’s Music Education Department:

2015 – 2016 Report

2014 – 2015 Report


The Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra are a dedicated group working to support the orchestra in a variety of music related activities. Our volunteers have many responsibilities, including the following:

  • drive student musicians for the Summer Music Institute;
  • help at the Student Matinee concerts;
  • help with auditions for the NACO Bursary concert;
  • meet and greet people on Launch events;
  • provide and sell baked goods at the annual Christmas NACO charity FanFair;
  • work at the Family Adventures children’s concerts;
  • assist the NAC Music Department in required office work when needed;
  • contribute articles for our Con Brio newsletter;
  • sell memberships as needed.
Volunteers also help in raising money for student bursaries by:
  • assisting with the silent auctions before and after concerts;
  • selling CD’s before and after concerts;
  • assisting at special social events.
Bilingualism is preferred.


Volunteers who work with the vulnerable must successfully complete a Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRC). This is a National Arts Centre requirement. The check is free for anyone who needs it for volunteer work. The NAC will provide the necessary letter and requirement details. A PRC from another organization is acceptable. This is now policy for all new volunteers in whatever capacity they choose to offer their services. Interested in being part of our dynamic team? Email: