Grant Applications – Music

Grant Applications for 2020

Open to young performing artists
from Australia and New Zealand
Music applications are will open january 15th 2020
Ballet applications will open February 15th 2020

In 2019 the Tait Memorial Trust awarded grants of more than £50,000 to 21 young performing artists from Australia & New Zealand.  Awards included an £8,000 award to fund the Tait Sir Charles Mackerras Chair with Southbank Sinfonia, London’s training orchestra. This award is funded jointly by the Estate of Lady Mackerras, and the Tait Trust.  We also support several tied awards to the winners of major Australian competitions.

These awards included :

      • The Australian International Opera Awards recipient received a grant of £3,000 to assist their study costs at the Royal College of Music Opera School
      • £5,000 per annum award, the Tait Scholar award at the Royal College of Music for the term of the degree.
      • The 2nd prize winner in the  Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award was awarded a performance platform with us in London.
      • A prize of £2,000 to the ‘Australian musician showing the most promise’at the annual Royal Over-Seas League music competition.
      • and several awards of £3,000+ to singers, musicians, composers and conductors.
      • We gave multiple awards to young dancers under the auspices of the Leanne Benjamin Awards, to assist with their studies

Our online form is specific to individuals. If you wish to apply for an ensemble or a project etc please write to us at with a detailed proposal.

Applicants must be:

  • Australian or New Zealand citizens or domiciled/resident in Australia or New Zealand (Proof of this will be required).
  • Singers, musicians, conductors and composers must be under the age of 35 as at 1st March 2019.

What you need before you begin your online application:

  • A minimum of two recordings*YouTube or Soundcloud
  • Scan of your passport, or another official document which will confirm proof of age and your nationality/residence.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography
  • Cover letter: that includes a description of the proposed course of study, institution, teacher and explaining why you want to pursue this course of study at this particular time, and how it will benefit your professional and artistic development.
  • For Music Awards
    • Two written references from musicians/artists of standing

FAQ for Music Applications

  • Please clearly label each file ie Biography, YouTube/SoundCloud description, Photo etc.
  • In most cases the grant is paid directly to you in the UK by electronic funds transfer to your bank account, or in the case of the Tait Scholar, directly to the relevant institutions.
  • We ask that all Awardees submit a brief report to the Trustees at the end of the year.
  • On acceptance of a Tait Award you confirm that you agree to perform in concert for the Trust during the term of the Award which is the 2019/20 UK academic year for no fee.
  • Music applications close Thursday February 28th, 2019 at 5pm (Australian Western Standard Time).

Please contact us if you have any questions