Central Coast Conservatorium is a community based, non-tertiary institution, funded by the local community in the form of tuition fees and assisted by the State Government. Central Coast Conservatorium is a member of The Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums, a network of 16 regional Conservatoriums based throughout New South Wales. University of Newcastle provides and maintains the premises (the Old Courthouse and Police Station in Mann Street, Gosford) and Gosford City Council provides the Demountables and parking area in Georgiana Terrace.
On the instigation of Robert Knox and Tudor Davies a public meeting was held in 1981 in the Gosford City Council Chambers to explore the possibility of establishing a Music Centre as part of the NSW Conservatorium of Music. It was decided that there was a desperate need for the establishment of a Regional Music Centre operating as a branch for the NSW Conservatorium of Music on the Central Coast. Approximately 18 months later it was decided to make a start at the vacated plumbing workshop in the old Gosford Primary School building. The Centre began teaching activities in March 1983 and by the end of its first year of operation, the pupils enrolled numbered 98.
In the following five years, enrolments grew to approximately 300 and 20 teachers were engaged. The Centre developed a full orchestra (Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, now Symphony Central Coast) and Mini String groups, which rehearsed weekly and gave regular concerts together with students performing solos and in ensembles.
A concentrated and determined program was set in place to obtain, as a permanent home for the Music Centre, the old Police Station and Courthouse Building. Thanks to the dedication of the Centre's administration and Board of Management and the many friends of the Centre, the culmination of this effort was a public announcement by the then Premier of NSW, Mr. Barry Unsworth, that the building was to be the permanent home of Central Coast Conservatorium of Music. The Centre commenced occupancy in 1987 and so secured its future.
Since then the premises has been used for rehearsals and performances by various community groups as well as the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) as its Central Coast Examination Centre. In 1993 the Association was incorporated and called Central Coast Conservatorium Inc. It now has enrolments of over 1200 students involved in various programs and schools. Thanks to those original founders, Central Coast Conservatorium plays an important role in the cultural development of our region.
Central Coast Conservatorium Inc. is an incorporated entity and is endorsed as a:
- Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
- Income tax exempt charitable entity under Subdivision 50-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997
We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.