Grant Applications – Music & Musical Theatre


& Musical Theatre

Grant Applications for 2023

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, 2023).

In 2022 the Tait Memorial Trust awarded grants of more than £69,000 to 20 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; and the Richard Bonynge Award.

The John Frost Tait Musical Theatre Bursary – NEW AWARD

In 2023 we are delighted to announce a new award, The Tait John Frost Musical Theatre Bursary to honour the Tait’s important contribution to the development of the Musical Theatre artform in Australia and New Zealand. This award is 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. Deadline for first round auditions was January 31st 2023.

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