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.

Our volunteers participate in a variety of music related activities. See our volunteer section.

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 Awards, Grants

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

  • National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute (SMI) Young Artist Awards
  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition
  • Kiwanis Music Festival
  • MusicFest
  • Young String Performers Foundation
  • OrKidstra program
  • Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy

2019 Recipients

NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

  • Charles Watson, trumpet.

List of Past Winners

  FNACO Financial Contributions Overview

FNACO Financial Contributions Overview

 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 report of the NAC’s Music Education Department:

Music Education Annual Report – 2017/18


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:

  • help with auditions for the NACO Bursary concert;
  • assist the Orchestra at the annual Christmas NACO charity FanFair
  • work at the Family Adventures children’s concerts;
  • contribute articles for our Con Brio newsletter;
  • Aid in selling at the CD desk in the canal foyer


Bilingualism is preferred, but not mandatory.

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: