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Our programs

WAAPA is fundraising for a number of priority areas currently to help us stay at the forefront of artistic endeavour. These include:

Visiting Artists

Our highly skilled staff at WAAPA are dedicated to helping our students reach their full potential. But this must be complemented by a planned and properly funded program of visiting artists of international repute to allow students unparalleled access to professional choreographers, technicians, artists, musicians and directors.

We want all of our students across all disciplines to have access to world-class experts to give them the cutting edge experience that will lead them into successful international careers in the performing arts.

With your support for the Visiting Artists Program, we can make this happen.


WAAPA aims to not only nurture and develop the very best performing arts talent, but also make them industry ready by the time they graduate from WAAPA. This means coupling high quality teaching with access to the latest technology, and quality instruments and equipment.

Current needs at WAAPA include a Harp, a Harpsichord and a Cor Anglais. Whilst these instruments are specialised, they are vital to support an extensive Music program. They would allow WAAPA to significantly increase the range of performances, enabling us to build on the already impressive portfolio of performance events and extend the repertoire of our students.

Aboriginal Performance

WAAPA offers a specialist performance course for Indigenous students and has always believed that such focused attention is invaluable in impacting those who would not normally access or benefit from the performing arts.

The Aboriginal Theatre Program enhances the lives of young Western Australians, and their communities. We want to build on this and continue to strengthen this unique program in years to come.

We are seeking a major partner to support the Aboriginal Theatre Program. This will allow students to experience a wider range of performances as part of their course, as well as provide funding to support the students’ fees and ongoing expenses.

Founding Pianos

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) seeks to lead the world in historical keyboard instrument teaching and research. This unique goal is driven by individual passion, guided by local expertise, and enhanced by an international community eager to support us. Please visit the Founding Pianos website for more information.

Scholarships and Prizes

WAAPA has a limited number of Scholarships and Prizes established to reward excellence at WAAPA, attract the best students, and also ensure that financial position is no barrier to studying at WAAPA. Please see below a full list of existing Scholarships and Prizes.

We currently have a need to establish new Scholarships across a range of disciplines to ensure that WAAPA is able to attract the most talented and promising students from across Australian and overseas.

If you would like to find out more about how to establish a new Scholarship at WAAPA, please contact the Development team via email or call (61 8) 6304 2770.

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