The Tait Memorial Trust

The Tait Memorial Trust

Charity information

The Tait Memorial Trust

The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM. The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to youn. G Australian musicians and performing artists

Founded 1993

  • Mission statement

    The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of her father Sir Frank Tait and his four brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia. It also recognises with an annual award the major contribution of her mother, Viola, Lady Tait - who died in 2002 - as a founding patron of the Trust.

    The Trust offers awards/grants for post-graduate study, performance opportunities to young Australian musicians and performing artists, and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK. Through the Royal Over-Seas League it grants a scholarship to 'the Australian musician showing the
    most promise' in the Annual Music Competition. The Trust also grants a prize to the winner of Opera Foundation Australia's Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship. The Trust also contributes financially to the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation, Bel Canto Awards and will provide a concert platform in London to the winner.

    In 2013 the Trust created a new scholarship at the Royal College of Music to be known as the ‘Tait Scholar’. In addition to this, the Trust continues to support its numerous existing awards: the Sir Charles Mackerras chair with the Southbank Sinfonia; grants to young Australian dancers with the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and the Rambert Dance Company.

    The Trust depends on private and corporate donors and fundraising events.

  • Aims

    The Tait Memorial Trust aims to:

    • To create an endowment fund which would provide the income for a substantial annual arts scholarship for a young Australian studying at a major UK tertiary institution.
    • To raise funds to provide for more of our one-off scholarships. We give amount from £500 to £2,000 to selected performers who need financial assistance to continue with their studies.
    • To raise funds for tri-annual scholarships of £5,000 pa for young Australians studying at major UK tertiary institutions. We call these awards. 'Adopt a Performer' where we link a donor to an awardee.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1993

    Registered Charity Number: 1042797

    Board members: 14

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 07921266467

    Address: 4/80 Elm Park Gardens SW10 9PD

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