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MOST® : Promoting excellence

MOST® (Music & Opera Singers Trust Ltd) promotes excellence in music, the performing arts and related education sectors through the creation and management of programmes and activities that recognise creative talent and provide career and educational development opportunities:

  • Audition, performance and career development for young musicians, instrumentalists, performing artists and opera singers;
  • Development programmes and opportunities for professional musicians, performance artists and educators;
  • Recognition of excellence through awards, scholarships and grants;
  • Management and consultancy services for competition, events, awards, scholarships, prizes and grants.

Since 1982 MOST® has contributed millions of dollars in grants, scholarships, tuition, travel, mentoring programmes and other opportunities through a portfolio of activities; as well as audition, performance and education opportunities for thousands of young artists.

MOST® : A long history

MOST® has a long and rich history creating and managing elite music and opera competitions, awards and scholarships on national and international levels (Australia, Europe, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, UK and the USA).

IFAC Australian Singing Competition In 1982 MOST® launched the Marianne Mathy Scholarship that later evolved into the Australian Singing Competition for classical and opera singers under the age of 26 years. Now known as the IFAC Australian Singing Competition in recognition of patron Dr Haruhisa Handa and the International Foundation of Arts & Culture (IFAC), the IFAC-ASC still features the Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy') as the ultimate award within what has become the most recognised competition for young opera singers in our region. More >


Opera Awards (Australia) In 1986 MOST® acquired management of the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship (first awarded in 1977) in association with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. First awarded within the Australian Singing Competition, MOST® created the Opera Awards (Australia) in 1986 to 'house' this prestigious award, which from 1987 was first awarded to a professional opera singer. The Opera Awards since 2007 features the YMFA Award (sponsored by the Youth Music Foundation of Australia) and the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship. More >


Australian Cello Awards In 2014 MOST® launched the Australian Cello Awards which featured the Allen-Evans Scholarship, the result of a bequest by sisters Mary Allen and Betty Evans.

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Awards, Scholarships & Grants In addition, MOST® over the years has offered individual awards, scholarships and grants – supporting musicians, conductors and repetiteurs. More >

MOST® : Not-for-profit

MOST® is a recognised tax deductible not-for-profit arts entity recognised and assisted by philanthropists, corporate partners and many volunteers.

MOST® : Online & social media

MOST® has embraced new technologies and social media to reach out to musicians, instrumentalists and performing artists as well as the audiences that are essential for musicians. Our efforts have included the analog recording of young artists (1981) to current day digital recording of many of our event activities.

IFAC Australian Singing Competition

IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition

Australasia’s richest competition for young opera & classical singers, featuring the Marianne Mathy Scholarship ('The Mathy')
Young Performers Awards

ABC Young Performers Awards

The YPA is Australia's premier artist development programme for young musicians, instrumentalists and performing artists
Professional Development

Professional Development

Career development programmes and opportunities for professional musicians, performing artists and educators
Awards Scholarships Grants

Awards, Scholarships & Grants

Recognising excellence
IFAC Singing Competition
Opera Australia
Sydney Opera House
Symphony Australia