The Vision

Our vision is to support musicians and the Australian arts community during COVID-19 and beyond.

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (MDCH) was created by musicians, for musicians. It is designed to connect artists and communities all over Australia through music and technology.

The concept is straightforward. In the coming months, MDCH is broadcasting a range of concerts online with the support of presenting partner 5stream. Each is performed once at a set time, just like a regular recital, and is professionally video streamed at no cost to the musicians involved.

‘Seats’ are sold online, with the full $20 ticket price going directly to the artists themselves. A modest booking fee of $4 covers transaction costs and contributes towards a piano tuner and broadcast technician.

MDCH is built on the strong reputation of a vibrant music scene, performers and supporters. The programming showcases the full spectrum of Australian classical artists who have lost work due to COVID–19.

MDCH launched with an online music festival on March 27–29 featuring some of Melbourne’s leading musicians, with a plan to hold multiple concerts each week throughout the coming months.

Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt lead this social enterprise, combining their artistic and management skills. They would like to thank founding partners 5stream, the Athenaeum Theatre, Kawai, Musica Viva Australia, 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, Limelight, CutCommon and Tarisio, who all share their goal of providing hope during this devastating time.