To support the Tait Awards Fund for performing artists from Australia & New Zealand

Tait Awards Fund

Donations to the Tait Memorial Trust provide valuable support to young performing artists from Australia and New Zealand who wish to further their advanced studies in the United Kingdom. We directly assist young performing artists by underwriting scholarships, mentoring and performance opportunities.

Endowment Fund

Thanks to a generous donation from the Australian Charity Art Auction in February 2017, and with their encouragement, we have decided to create a new Endowment Fund with an initial deposit of  £10,000.

Establish your legacy by ensuring The Tait Memorial Trust can meet the needs for young Australasian performing artists for generations to come. Your gift to the Endowment Fund will enhance the income that the Fund generates, income that helps us fund studies, pay for instruments and generally support our awardees well into the future.

We have created a new class of patron or supporter whose donations can be directed to building our new endowment fund.

An “Endowment Patron” could be anyone who gives or bequeaths more than, £5,000, and their names would be recorded against the endowment fund in our records.

Tait Endowment Patrons

Lord Cadogan
The Hon. Sarah Joiner
Anne Longden
Karen Goldie Morrison

Barbara Ross
Michael Whalley OAM

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Please post to :
Tait Memorial Trust
4/80 Elm Park Gardens
London SW10 9PD United Kingdom

020 7351 0561

How you can help

Donations to the Tait Memorial Trust provide valuable support to young performing artists from Australia and New Zealand. Your donations can be preserved in our Scholarship Endowment Fund. The Scholarship Endowment Fund can directly assist young singers by underwriting scholarships, mentoring and performance opportunities. It is the continued growth of the Scholarship Endowment Fund which will enable us to continue developing our programs and increasing the level of support we provide to promising Australians and New Zealanders who come to the UK to complete their studies.

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Annual gifts are a powerful way to ensure that the Fund can increase its support to young opera singers. If you would be willing to consider an ongoing commitment please contact Isla Baring OAM on 020 7351 0561 or email us

We have a number of dedicated scholarships that are awarded annually to performing artists of outstanding merit. You may request a preference for your gift to contribute to one of these established scholarships:

The Tait Scholar

A scholarship for a musician of promise at The Royal College of Music. Currently at £5,000 per annum for the term of the degree.

The John Amis Award

An award in memory of John Amis. Two weeks of intensive study at the Dartington International Summer School.

The Leanne Benjamin Awards

Awards for young Australian dancers studying in UK ballet schools. This is a new award for a young Australian dancer. Please contact us for more details about the planned growth of support in this artform.

Sir Charles Mackerras Chair, Southbank Sinfonia

This scholarship, valued at £8,000 per annum, funds a Chair in London’s recognised ‘training’ orchestra, The Southbank Sinfonia. This gives a young Australian musician an excellent opportunity to make the transition from college to a professional ensemble.

This scholarship is funded jointly by the Estate of Lady Mackerras and the Tait Trust.


Named Scholarships in perpetuity

Establishing a named scholarship is a way to make a long-term commitment to developing new artistic talent, and to create a living memory of a family name or loved one.

Named scholarships with the Trust remain in perpetuity, helping new young singers every year. A donation of this nature has a lasting impact on Australian performing artists. To establish a named scholarship in perpetuity requires a tax deductible donation of at least £300,000 at today’s interest rates. Any individual or business can establish their own scholarship in full upfront or with a pledge over a period of five years. Named scholarships can also be established by way of a bequest.

The title of the scholarship is at the benefactor’s discretion and will be awarded annually to a promising young performing artist, in an artform of your choice, once the named fund reaches the requisite threshold.

Please contact Isla Baring OAM on 020 7351 0561 or email us for further information on establishing your own named scholarship.

If you would like to add your name to our roll call of Endowment Patrons by contributing to the fund, or would like to know how a bequest can be used to support it, please email James at:


Another way to support the future of Australian opera through the Tait Memorial Trust is to make a bequest in your will. A bequest is often established as a percentage of an estate. It is an excellent option for individuals who may like to assist the Trust in its mission, but are not in a position to do so during their lifetime. Your bequest can help to ensure that the Tait Memorial Trust continues to support young singers.

To find out more about how to make a bequest please contact Isla Baring OAM on 020 7351 0561 or email us

Your company could make a valuable contribution to the community, and help young people to fulfill their potential, by becoming a sponsor of the Tait Memorial Trust.

We host a series of events throughout the year, for fundraising and to provide opportunities for our young singers to perform. Your support, either financial or in kind, would benefit young singers, and in return create an opportunity for us to promote your company and products to our supporters. Our mentor program and our performance arm, Tait Artists, are also available for sponsorship.

There is an opportunity for businesses to endow a named scholarship in the business name, demonstrating support for young singers and the Trust in perpetuity.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, Please contact Isla Baring OAM on 020 7351 0561 or email us

Donations are accepted by Cheque, Justgiving or with PayPal

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Tait Memorial Trust
4/80 Elm Park Gardens
London SW10 9PD United Kingdom

020 7351 0561

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Join our Friends of the Tait Memorial Trust

Become a Friend of the Tait Trust through an annual minimum subscription of £75 and receive discounts on tickets for Tait events, as well as an invite to a yearly celebration.

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The Tait Performing Arts Association

The Tait Trust is now in Australia! Tait Performing Arts Association Incorporated, no. A0054444J, is now able to take donation in Aussie dollars to help support Australian musicians during their studies in the UK. Please visit their website for full details