Grant Applications

Grant Applications for 2018

Open to young performing artists
from Australia and New Zealand

Music applications are open from
Monday January 15th 2018

Applications Close
5pm, March 1st, 2018
Australian Western Standard Time.

In 2017 the Tait Memorial Trust awarded grants to the value of £50,000 to 22 young Australian performing artists. Awards included the Sir Charles Mackerras Chair with the Southbank Sinfonia for £8,000,  2 x  £5,000 per annum awards for 3/4 years: the Tait Scholar award at the Royal College of Music, and the Higgins Scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music.

We also support several tied awards to the winners of major Australian competitions.

These awards included :

Our new 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. For a Musical application please note the March 1st 2018 closing date.

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 2018.
  • Dancers must be under the age of 21 as at 1st April 2018

What you need before you begin your online application:

  • A minimum of two recordings – YouTube or Soundcloud
  • Scan of 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.
  • Two written references from musicians/artists of standing or for ballet, dancers/your dance teacher/choreographer.

Click here to begin your applicationMusic Application form 2018

If you have any queries, or need any assistance about the process, please email us at

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 Leanne Benjamin Awards, and the Tait Scholar/Higgins 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 this award which is the 2017/18 UK academic year for no fee.
  • Music applications close Thursday March 1st 2018
  • As of May 3rd 2017 the Trust will now accept applications from New Zealand citizens or young artists domiciled/resident in New Zealand.

FAQ for Dance Application

Please note: As of May 3rd 2017 the Trust will now accept applications from New Zealand citizens or domiciled in New Zealand.

The following must be included with your completed application form:

  • Photocopy of passport or an official document (proof of age, nationality/residence)
  • Curriculum Vitae and brief biography
  • Two references from the following: dancers/choreographers/your ballet teacher
  • Film of you performing: (a YouTube link)
    • One classical solo, en pointe
    • One other solo, preferably from the classical repertoire


  • Film of you working in class, at the barre etc

To Apply:

  • This year your completed application can be sent to us with our new online form.
  • Applications for Dance will open on Thursday February 15 2018, and will close at 5pm  Sunday, April 1st 2018.


Please contact us if you have any questions