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Performing Arts – Dance, Drama & Music

Performing Arts – Dance, Drama & Music Scholarships Australia 2016 – 2017


1) South Australian Youth Arts Board: Carclew Youth Arts Scholarships 2016/ 2017

Donor: Carclew
About: Carclew scholarships provide an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young artists who demonstrate outstanding motivation, talent and potential in their artform or practice.
Each scholarship has a one-off allocation of $12,500 to be used for professional development as determined entirely by the recipient.
Field of study: The following scholarships are available:

  • Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for Performing Arts
    Acting, dance, direction, choreography, circus, performance, music
  • Ruth Tuck Scholarship for Visual Arts
    Sculpture, drawing, painting, digital, photography, design, ceramics, glass, craft
  • Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing $12,500
    Original creative writing: novels, scripts, poetry, prose, rhyme, stories, plays, film scripts
  • Carclew Scholarship for Film and New Media $12,500
    Film-producing/directing, script writing and develoment, documentaries, cinematography, animation, trans-media production, biotechnology and arts, virtual world and gaming, video art, research into new technologies for screen and media

Eligibility: Scholarship applications are called for once a year for professional development opportunities to be taken up in the following year. Applicants are to be aged 26 years or under at the closing date.
How to apply: Download and complete the Carclew Scholarship Program Application Form (pdf) and follow the instructions on how to apply.
Closing date: 15 July annually
More information: Download the Carclew Scholarship Program Information Pack (pdf)
Funding Officer, Carclew
11 Jeffcott Street
SA 5006
Telephone: 61 8 8267 5111


2) APGS (Australian Performing Arts Grammar School) Scholarship 2016/ 2017

About: APGS’ Scholarship and Bursary programme has been designed to recognise, encourage, and support
talented individuals pursuing an education and career in the performing arts. Our scholarships are granted
to students who are excelling in both the performing arts and their academic studies.
Field of study: Performing Arts: Music/Drama/Dance
Eligibility: The highest standards are sought with all applications and availability is limited each year. All recipients
must uphold APGS rules and philosophy. They will be expected to meet academic and performance standards
throughout their tenure at the school, and contribute to APGS’s internal and external performances, rehearsals
and extra-curricular activities.
How to apply: Download and complete the APGS – Scholarship Application Form (pdf) and the APGS – Bursary Application Form (pdf)
Please forward this to the Scholarships and Bursaries Office:
Scholarships and Bursaries Office Level 3, 255 Broadway, Glebe, NSW, 2037,
Ph: 02 9518 5123;
Closing date: Contact the University for closing date details
Contact: see above


3) D’Arcy Slater Foundation Scholarship 2016/ 2017

University name: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Donor: D’Arcy Slater Foundation
About: The D’Arcy Slater Foundation was established after the death of 13 year old D’Arcy Slater at Guildford Grammar School. D’Arcy a strong academic represented GGS in the Maths Olympiad, Chess and was awarded a Distinction in the Westpac Maths Competition receiving an Academic honour on Speech night. A keen sportsman D’Arcy was elected the year 7 sports monitor, played tennis and football for GGS and was on the swim team. As an only child D’Arcy was an outgoing boy who enjoyed the company of his friends, the horse industry and was an enthusiast in all aspects of life.
Field of study: Performing Arts – Acting
Eligibility: Applicants must be:

  • commencing 1st year students
  • enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Acting) – course code Y93
  • enrolled in full time study
  • able to demonstrate Financial hardship

How to apply: contact for further details on how to apply
Applicants are required to provide information about their financial circumstances as part of the application, this includes:

  • A personal statement (approx. 1 x A4 page) which includes information about the reasons for seeking financial support and how their applications meets the aims & objectives of the D’Arcy Slater Foundation

Closing date: March annually


4) The Paulette Carson Scholarship 2016/ 2017

University name: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
About: The Paulette Carson Scholarship was established by the will of Paulette Berthe Carson who died in 2003. Paulette had a love of ballet from childhood and during her life she taught ballet to children of the British royal family and performed at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
She wished to help and inspire young ballet dancers and she established the scholarship in order to provide young classical ballet dancers with the opportunity to fully realise their ambitions and dreams.
Field of study: Performing Arts – Dance
Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • have completed the Advance Diploma of Dance (Elite performance) at WAAPA, and
  • be articulating into the ECU Bachelor of Dance


  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • Australian permanent resident visa
  • New Zealand citizen
  • International

How to apply: email for information on how to apply
Applicants are required to provide information about their financial circumstances as part of the application, this includes

  • a personal statement (approx. 1 x A4 page) which includes information about their financial and personal circumstances

Closing date: March annually


5) Anna Chmiel Memorial Fund Ensemble Scholarships 2016/ 2017

University Name: Melbourne Youth Music
Donor: Anna Chmiel
About: The Anna Chmiel Memorial Scholarship program has been established to remember MYM member and gifted musician Anna Chmiel, who died tragically, age 19 in 2012. In her life she developed a love of art, music and creative expression.

She would frequently tell friends and family that her time as a member of the Melbourne Youth Music program was truly one of the happiest periods of her life. Anna’s family have established this scholarship as a lasting tribute to recognise the significant contribution music plays in the lives of young people.
Field of study: Performing Arts – Music

  • Students must be fully enrolled in the 2015 Ensemble Program,
  • up to age 25 and
  • from families experiencing demonstrable financial hardship.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate musical potential and who would benefit socially by attending MYM programs.
  • Preference will be given to students who do not have a high quality music education program in their local area.

How to apply: apply online at:
Closing date: contact the University for closing date information
Contact: For further information please contact the Melbourne Youth Music office by calling (03) 9376 8988 or emailing


6) Mary Dent Music Scholarship 2016/ 2017

University Name: Southern Cross University. Lismore campus only.
About: The Mary Dent Music Scholarship supports talented Musicians in their study of the Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University, a course which equips graduates for a range of careers in the music industry and reflects the diverse creative practices that are part of music-making in the 21st century.
Field of study: Bachelor of Contemporary Music
Eligibility: applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be either a current Year 12 student of St John’s Woodlawn College enrolling to study a Bachelor of Contemporary Music at Southern Cross University; or a former student of St John’s Woodlawn College enrolling or already enrolled to study the Bachelor of Contemporary Music (this criteria is not applicable in the award of early scholarships).
  • Applicants must be accepted into the Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in order to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must show evidence of strong academic performance.
  • Applicants should demonstrate evidence of personal maturity and social responsibility through contributions to the community and by the comments of the school/college.
  • The selection committee may also consider the students commitment their musical studies as a part of the selection process.
  • Generally applicants will be required to study full-time and on-campus.
  • Shortlisted applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

How to apply: apply online via the following link:
Closing date: 20 December, annually
Contact: T: 1800 005 687/ E:

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