Grant Applications

Grant Applications for 2017

In 2016 the Tait Memorial Trust awarded grants to the value of £40,000 to 19 young Australian performing artists. Awards varied from 2 x  £5,000 per annum 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, to several tied awards to the winners of major Australian competitions and grants made by the Trust to direct applications. 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 closing date.

Applicants must be:

  • Australian citizens or domiciled in Australia  (Proof of this will be required).
  • Singers, musicians, conductors and composers must be under the age of 35 as at 1st March 2017.
  • Dancers must be under the age of 21 as at 1st June 2017 (provisional, dependent on closing date)

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.

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/Souncloud 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.

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 which must be submitted before the closing date tba:

  • 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
  • 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

To Apply:

  • This year your completed application can be sent to us with our new online form.
  • Applications for Music have now closed
  • Applications for Dance will open on Monday April 3rd, and will close at 5pm  Thursday, June 1st.

Please contact us if you have any questions