The Marten Bequest scholarships increased for emerging artists


Applications are now open for The Marten Bequest scholarships delivered for the first time by the Australia Council for the Arts in a three-year partnership with Perpetual. This is one of the largest scholarship offering by The Marten Bequest since it was first awarded in 1975.
This year, the scholarships worth a total of $600,000 will support 12 successful artists across six categories – Music (Instrumental Music and Singing), Dance (Ballet), Visual Arts (Sculpture and Painting), Theatre (Acting), Literature (Poetry and Prose) and Architecture – each receiving $50,000 to explore and develop their artistic gifts domestically or internationally.

The charitable trust was established from the estate of John Chisholm Marten (1908-1966), a performing artist, author and philanthropist who strongly advocated for greater financial opportunities for young emerging Australian artists to study their craft.

The partnership draws upon the Australia Council’s 50 years of experience delivering arts funding, and will complement Perpetual’s Philanthropic Services business, one of Australia’s largest managers and distributors of philanthropic funds.

Applications are now open until Monday 10 April 2017, with the successful artists notified mid year. Eligibility and criteria for The Marten Bequest can be found on the Australia Council’s website.

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