Arts Excellence Awards

Administered at a regional level, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Awards support young New Zealanders of outstanding ability in the performing arts who are preparing for a professional career. Arts Excellence Awards are currently available for young performers in the Auckland, Taranaki, Wellington and Christchurch regions.

Auckland

The Auckland Committee awards grants of up to $5,000 each year to young New Zealanders of outstanding ability and real development potential in the performing arts who are preparing for a professional career.

The intention of the scheme is not to fully fund an individual but through partnership funding to provide a donation to assist the applicant.

Funding will only be given for instrumental or singing tuition, including studies in musical institutions or private tuition.

Criteria

  1. Applicants need to have resided in or had a substantial proportion of their training and artistic development within the Auckland region.
  2. Applicants must be under the age of 28 as at 1 January 2016.
  3. Applicants need to be New Zealand citizens, but not necessarily resident in either the Auckland region or in New Zealand at the time of applying.
  4. Detailed evidence of the applicant’s achievements to date must be supplied along with written support of two acknowledged specialists in the applicant’s field of the performing arts.
  5. Details of the intended course/tuition also needs to be submitted at the time of the application.
  6. It is expected that the project for which the award is given will commence within twelve months of the final selection and will also be completed within twelve months.
  7. If for any reason the project does not take place, any funding received must be returned.
  8. At the completion of the project, recipients must submit a full report of the project and verification from at least one of the referees that the project has been undertaken and completed satisfactorily.

Applications are closed for 2017.

 

Award winners

2017

Clare Hood, coloratura soprano, $3,000 towards her audition tour to the UK and Europe for postgraduate programmes in opera

Eva Ding, flautist, $2,000 towards travel to Quebec to attend the Orford Music Academy

2016

Delvan Lin, pianist, $5,000 towards his studies with the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Programme in Philadelphia

Shauno Isomura, violinist, $3,000 towards travel to the US to audition for a range of musical institutions

Maia-Dean Martin, violinist, $2,000 towards her studies with Mary O’Brien

2015

Eddie Giffney, pianist, $5,000
Emily Scott, soprano, $2,000

2014

Madison Nonoa, soprano, $4,000
Jane Koo, pianist, $1,000
Lauren Bennett, violinist, $1,000

2013

Somi Kim, pianist, $4,000
Ella Smith, soprano, $1,000

 

Waikato

The Waikato Committee awards grants of up to $2,000 on occasional years to applicants who are developing a career in voice or instrumental classical music and deserving of assistance.

These grants will be restricted to those who are in the process of developing a career in voice or instrumental classical music.

Applications are open to those who are from, or are studying in, the Waikato region.

For further information, contact info@dmmfoundation.org.nz

 

Award winners

2014

Eliza Boom, soprano, $2,000
Jonathan Eyres, baritone, $2,000
Olivia Francis, violinist,$2,000

 

Taranaki

Thanks to the generous support of the TSB Community Trust, the Taranaki Regional Committee is able to offer funding opportunities to Taranaki youth involved in the performing arts.

The committee seeks to support educational and training opportunities specifically designed to develop the skills of talented young Taranaki performers. Grants are open to artists from anywhere in the Taranaki District and are available in three categories to support performers in the varying stages of their development.

Criteria

Grants are available for Secondary School, Elite Tertiary level and groups and organisations, under the following criteria:

Secondary School

Open to secondary school students 12-18 yrs living in the Taranaki district for use toward the cost of personal education, training and/or development of the performing arts within Taranaki or New Zealand.

Groups and Organisations

Open to groups whose members are based within the Taranaki district for use towards the cost of group training and/or development of the performing arts within Taranaki or New Zealand.

Elite Tertiary level

Open to performers from the Taranaki District undertaking Tertiary study in an area of performing arts within New Zealand or overseas for use toward the cost of personal education, training and/or development of performing arts within New Zealand or overseas.

Application

Download the application form

The committee operates two annual funding rounds closing on 31 March and 30 September each year.

For further information and to apply contact:

Taranaki Regional Committee
The Dame Malvina Major Foundation
PO Box 146
New Plymouth 4340

Tel 06 757 3155
Fax 06 757 5081
Email DMMF@staplestaranaki.co.nz

Wellington

Administered by the Wellington Committee, these annual awards of up to $6,000 are for young New Zealanders of outstanding ability and development potential in the performing arts who are preparing for a professional career.

The intention is not to fully fund an individual but through partnership funding to provide an award to assist the applicant.

Awards are made for tuition in all aspects of the performing arts, e.g. coaching, workshop and masterclass fees. A subsidy towards travel and/or accommodation costs may be considered.

Criteria

Applicants need to have lived or had a substantial proportion of their training and artistic development in the Wellington region.

Applicants need to be New Zealand citizens, but not necessarily resident in either the Wellington region or in New Zealand at the time of applying.

Detailed evidence of the applicant’s achievements to date is to be supplied along with written support of two acknowledged specialists/practitioners in the applicant’s field of the performing arts.

It is expected that the project for which the award is given will commence within twelve months of the final selection and will be completed within twelve months.

An important condition is that applicants provide a final report confirming the completion of the project and covering attendance, achievement and evaluation. This should be forwarded within one month of completion of the awards project.

Applications are closed for 2017.

Award winners

2017

Salina Fisher, composer and violinist, $6,000, towards her Master of Music in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music

2016

Alexa Sangbin Thomson, violist, $2,500, towards her Master’s degree at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Hannah Darroch, flautist, $2,500, towards her studies in the Doctor of Music programme at McGill University, Montréal

2015

Christian Thurston, baritone, $5,000, towards his studies at Manhattan School of Music

2014

Alice McIvor, Violist, $5,000, towards her studies at the Glenn Gould School in Canada

2013

Isabella Moore, Soprano, $5,000, towards her studies with Dennis O’Neill in Wales

2012

Imogen Thirlwall, Soprano, $1,250, towards vocal lessons
Kieran Rayner, Baritone, $1,250, towards vocal lessons

2011

Thomas Gaynor, Organist, $3,000
Kylie Nesbit, Bassoonist, $3,000
Nicholas Hancox, Violist, $1,000 for post-graduate study
Xing Xing Wang, Soprano, $1000 for overseas study preparation
Bianca Andrew, Mezzo soprano, $1000 towards special coaching

2010

Isabella Moore, Soprano, $850 for NZ Opera School
Bridget Costello, Soprano, $850 for NZ Opera School

2009

Catherine Norton, Pianist and Accompanist, $5,000 towards studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Bianca Andrew, Soprano, $1,000 towards attendance at the NZ Opera School in Whanganui
Chris Berentson, Tenor) $300 towards accommodation at the NZ Opera School
Rachel Day, Soprano, $1,000 to attend an intensive Italian (and Music) course in Florence, Italy at the Accademia Europa di Firenze
Kylie Nesbit, Bassoonist, $990 towards attendance at the Lion Foundation APO Summer programme for instrumentalists in Auckland
Asaph Verner, Pianist, $1,000 towards study at the Cleveland and Curtis Institutes and the Julliard School in New York
Xing Xing Wang, Soprano, $1,000 towards study of German at the Wellington Goethe Institute

Christchurch

Arts Excellence Awards and Cecily Maccoll High Achiever Award

The Arts Excellence Awards are funded and administered by the Foundation’s Christchurch Committee. The Cecily Maccoll High Achiever Award is funded by a legacy from the late Cecily Maccoll.

These awards are for young New Zealanders of outstanding ability and real development potential in the performing arts who are preparing for a professional career.

The intention of the scheme is not to fully fund an individual but through partnership funding to provide a donation to assist the applicant.

Awards are made for tuition in all aspects of the performing arts, e.g. coaching, workshop and masterclass fees. A subsidy towards travel and/or accommodation costs may be considered.

Criteria

Applicants need to have resided in, or had a substantial proportion of their training and artistic development within the Canterbury region.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens, but not necessarily resident in either the Canterbury region or in New Zealand at the time of applying.

Detailed evidence of the applicant’s achievements to date is to be supplied along with written support of two acknowledged specialists in the applicant’s field of the performing arts.

It is expected that the project for which the award is given will commence within twelve months of the final selection and will be completed within twelve months.

Applications are closed for 2017.

Award winners

2016

Elisabeth Harris, mezzo soprano, $5,000 towards her studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York

Joshua Guillemot-Rodgerson, dancer, $5,000 towards his ballet and contemporary dance studies at The Julliard School in New York

2015

James Buchanan (20), from St. Albans has been awarded $5,000. James will be studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music Theatre at the Arts Educational Schools London commencing September 2015.

Callahan Laird (14), from Burwood, has been awarded $5,000. Callahan has been accepted into Junior Associates and a Scholar for New Zealand School of Dance, Wellington majoring in Classical Ballet beginning in February 2016. He will continue his training at Levings School of Dance, Christchurch this year.

Hugh Roberts (23), a Christchurch flautist from Somerfield, returned to New Zealand to give a series of concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand with his chamber group, Mimosa Ensemble recently. Hugh has been awarded $5,000 to complete his fourth year of study towards a Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Stephen Watson (19), from Upper Riccarton who has a MMusic with Distinction in piano performance has been awarded $5,000 for overseas study. He has been offered places at the Royal College of Music in London and at Barratt Due Institute, Oslo.

2014

Samuel Blakelock (24), a Christchurch jazz guitarist from Fendalton, has been awarded $3,000. Sam will be studying for a Master of Music in Jazz Studies majoring in Jazz Guitar at the City University of New York commencing September 2014. Sam completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Canterbury in 2011 and was named as the ‘Highest Achieving Pacific Student’ in the College of Arts at UC in 2010.

Bryony Gibson-Cornish (21), a Christchurch violist from Avonhead, has been awarded $3,500. Bryony has completed her second year of her Master of Music degree at The Julliard School, New York and will be studying with the prestigious Scholastic Distinction Programme, as well as continuing her performance viola studies.

Andrew Grenon (29), tenor, has been awarded $5,000. Andrew has been offered a place at the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff to study for a Master of Advanced Vocal Studies with WIAV Director Dennis O’Neill, commencing September 2014. Andrew is currently a Freemason’s Resident Artist with New Zealand Opera.

Marcus Norman (24), a Christchurch clarinet student from Fendalton, has been awarded $3,500. Marcus is studying for a Master of Music in clarinet performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. During his first year of study at RNCM Marcus won the Woods/Candlin first prize for woodwind excellence and has been selected as one of only three clarinet students to participate in the Cantiere Internazionale D’Arte di Montepluciano, Italy, the RNCM’s most prestigious orchestral performance platform.

Hugh Roberts (22), a Christchurch flautist from Somerfield, has been awarded $5,000. Hugh has completed his first year of study towards a Bachelor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

2013

Todd Gibson-Cornish (18), a Christchurch bassoonist from Avonhead, has been awarded $5,000 towards his study for a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Royal College of Music, London where he has been offered the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship for full tuition fees.  Todd began his studies in London in September having completed the first year of his degree at the University of Canterbury.

Polly Ott (26), a Christchurch soprano from Fendalton, has been awarded $5,000 towards further study for a Master of Arts majoring in opera at the University of the Arts, Berlin. Polly was recently selected to sing 20 performances of a major role in a non-school production for a professional company in Berlin. She received excellent reviews. Polly has also been awarded a scholarship by the Italian Cultural Institute in Berlin to study Italian for a month at Montepulciano, Italy.

Marcus Norman (22), a Christchurch clarinettist from Fendlaton, has also been awarded $5,000 towards a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester beginning in September this year. Marcus has also trained as a conductor and has performed with various New Zealand orchestras.

Catherine Kwak (16), a young cellist was awarded The Dame Malvina Major Cecily Maccoll Scholarship of $1,000 towards her attendance at master-classes and concerts at the 30th Euro Music Festival held in Halle, Germany.

Tasman Davids (21), ballet dancer from Christchurch has been awarded $5,000 through the generosity of Rotary Club of Riccarton to complete his final graduation year at the world famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. He will be the first in person in Australasia to do so. Tasman now in his 3rd year speaks fluent Russian and would love to work in the Mariinsky Ballet formerly the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre.

2012

Amina Edris (22), soprano from Avonhead, $5,000 towards study at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill to complete her Master in Advanced Vocal Studies Degree.

Bryony Gibson-Cornish (19), violist from Avonhead, $5,000 towards study at The Juilliard School, New York, under Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, for her Master of Music Degree majoring in viola performance.

Jeremy Woodside (23), organist from Hoon Hay, $3,000 to support study at the Sydney Conservatory of Music where he is completing a Master of Music majoring in organ performance.

Taylor Frost (20), actor from Fendalton, $2,000 towards BA studies at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama. Taylor was one of 15 successful applicants to obtain a place at the school among 4,000 actors who applied.

Anna Maksymova (21), pianist from Northcote, $2,000 towards her Masterclass Course under the tutelage of Professor Lev Natochenny in Darmstadt, Germany.

Christopher Clark (25), conductor now based in Wellington, $2,000 to support his participation in the first annual UBC Wind Conducting Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.

2011

Tasman Davids (20), classical ballet dancer from Shirley, $5,000 towards training and performance with the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St Petersburg, Russia.

Lin Chen (Tony) (23), pianist, $5,000, towards masters studies in piano performance at the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiberg, Germany.

Alexandra Lomeiko (30), violinist, $5,000 towards Bachelor of Music (Honours) studies in classical violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Thomas Eves (22), trumpeter from Strowan, $2,500 towards completion of Masters of Performance at The Royal School of Music in London.

Bryon Newton (27), euphonium (tenor tuba) player, $2,500 towards completion of Masters of Arts Euphonium Music Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

2010

William Alexander (20), actor from Riccarton, $5,000 towards drama studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Thomas Eves (21), trumpeter from Strowan, $5,000 towards Masters of Performance at The Royal School of Music in London.

James Rodgers (28), tenor from Tinui near Blenheim, $4,000 to support private vocal studies in New York with renowned teacher, Joan Patenaude, and to prepare operatic repertoire under coaches, Kenneth Merrill, Stephen Blier and Nobuko Amemiya.

Gemma New (23), conductor from Ilam, $3,000 towards the second year of Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting under Maestro Gustav Meier, at the Graduate Conducting Studio of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, John Hopkins University, Baltimore.

Tasman Davids (19), classical ballet dancer from Shirley, $3,000 towards preparation and audition for an apprentice year with an international ballet company.

Otago

The Otago Committee granted its first Arts Excellence Awards in 2015.

Award winners

2016

Matthew Wilson, tenor
Annabelle Drummond, violinist

2015

Modi Deng, pianist
Karla Norton, violinist

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