Sadly, due to the prevailing uncertainty in the dance school and tertiary education sectors, plus the added complication of potential student international travel restrictions as a result of U.K. and Australian/New Zealand Government policies regarding the COVID19 pandemic, the Tait has made the decision to hold over our awards for new applicants for the 2020/21 academic year.

Those applicants with ongoing courses, and are existing Tait Awardees, are still being considered with the caveat that the award will only be made on the resumption of the course as noted in your application.

This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make but in the current circumstances we believe this was the only option open to us.

We thank all those who have expressed an interest in applying, and we hope to be able to return to our usual award application process in 2021. We will save your applications for next year in case you wish to apply again in 2021.

The Tait is actively raising funds to support our Awardees and members of the Australian Bushfire Benefit London company who have been affected by this crisis. If you fall into either of these categories please watch our website for information about applying for emergency support.


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Financial Assistance
We have established an Emergency Relief Fund for Australia/New Zealand Artists to assist our talented young artists who overnight lost 6 months or more of work. Professional artists, some with losses in excess of £40,000, to artists just out of college who had a regular income of £500 to 3,000 per month which has now disappeared. Most, but thankfully not all, of the performing arts companies are claiming force majeur and leaving our awardees with an uncertain future.

Currently many of them can’t get any assistance from the U.K. government stimulus package because they are self employed, nor do they qualify for Universal Credit because they are here on restricted visas and have no access to public funds.

We have just opened the fund and are actively fundraising. This is quite a gear change for us so please bear with us through this crisis as we adjust to this new reality. I can assure you that we are taking this all very seriously

At the moment the fund is available only to Tait Awardees and to the artists who performed for us in the Bushfire concert in March. If more money comes in we may be in a position to broaden its scope. 

Applications for support  must show that you have suffered quantifiable losses with major Australian/New Zealand and overseas performing arts companies and concert organisations due to the Covid-19 crisis.

All applications will be assessed by the by a specially convened panel who will make recommendations to the Music and Ballet Boards, and the Tait Trustees. Applications have not opened yet but if you are in need now and satisfy the criteria noted below please get in touch with us.

For Australian professional opera singers we strongly recommend that you contact Freelance Artist Relief Australia that has recently been launched by Australian international soprano, Nicole Car.

For those of you in the UK this initiative from Help Musicians UK could be of assistance to you. bit.ly/2UxP673

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  • Scan of your passport, or another official document which will confirm proof of age and your nationality / residence.
  • Documentary evidence that you have the right to work in the United Kingdom
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography
  • Cover letter: that includes a clear summary how the covid-19 crisis has affected you financially and must provide the following:

    • Evidence of loss of income, for example:
    • Opportunities lost eg contracts that have been cancelled / suspended
    • Statement of monthly income for the 18 months prior to March 2020, evidenced as much as you are able for example by contracts, letters of offer, bank statements or other documents.  This is to demonstrate your success as a performing artist up to March 2020.
  • cost of living budget with the last three months receipts or bank statements to show your expenditure
  • proof of ongoing expenses eg mortgage / rent
  • a statement of any income you have received since March 2020 including through the HMRC scheme or from other charities.
  • If you have been working in a non-artistic field in order to support yourself, but you are looking to TMT to help you move back into the arts and maintain your skills, please explain this and set out the implications for you of the potential support.

Prioritisation of applicants

Tier 1: Tait Memorial Trust Awardees, Australian Bushfire Benefit Live performers

Tier 2: The wider community of Australian and NZ performers in the UK

Selection Criteria

Need: To what degree is the performer able to maintain their skill and career without financial assistance?

Talent and Stature as a Performer:  How accomplished is the performer in their chosen field?  At what level of proficiency do they currently perform?

Contribution to Artistic Life in the UK: To what degree has the artist contributed to artistic life in the UK?

The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of Sir Frank and Viola, Lady Tait and the Tait brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia & New Zealand. The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young musicians and performing artists from Australia and New Zealand, and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

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