Grant Applications – Music & Musical Theatre


& Musical Theatre

Grant Applications for 2024

Open to young performing artists
from Australia and New Zealand
to support their advanced studies
in the United Kingdom
Applicants must be citizens of Australia or New Zealand, or domiciled in Australia or New Zealand and under the age of 35 (as at September 30, 2024).



Click here to go to the 2024 Application Page


In 2023 the Tait Memorial Trust offered grants of more than £100,000 to 22 young performing artists, and the group award to the Royal Ballet School, 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, the award is funded jointly by the Estate of Lady Mackerras, and the Tait Trust
  • the Richard Bonynge Award at The Royal Ballet School
  • The John Frost Tait Musical Theatre Bursary a bursary of £5,000 towards the fees of a young Musical Theatre performer from Australia or New Zealand (please refer to Tait eligibility requirements below) studying at Associated Studios, London.

The award is wholly funded by a generous grant from Australian Musical Theatre impresario, John Frost AM. Applications for this award must be made directly to Associated Studios. Click here to see their guidelines and apply. Deadline for first round auditions is January 31st 2024.

Who we support

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

These awards include:

  • £5,000 per annum award, the Tait Scholar award at the Royal College of Music for the term of the degree. This award is administered by the Royal College of Music
  • Our recently announced £5,000 per annum John Frost Tait Musical Theatre Bursary at Associated Studios, London. See more above
  • A prize of £2,000 to the ‘Australian or New Zealand 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.

Please contact us if you have any questions