Foot up offered to young performing artists in Auckland and Waikato regions
Talented young singers, dancers and musicians who live in or have a connection to Auckland or the Waikato are being
offered a financial boost thanks to the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.
Applications are now open for Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Awards, with up to $5,000 available for
young performing artists with outstanding ability and real development potential.
The Auckland and Waikato Committee of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation will select this year’s recipients of the Arts
Excellence Awards through an assessment and audition process in early May. Previous recipients have included singers
Clare Hood, Madison Nonoa and Emily Scott, flautist Eva Ding, pianists Delvan Lin and Eddie Gifney, and violinists
Shauno Isomura and Maia-Dean Martin.
The Dame Malvina Major Foundation assists young New Zealanders in the performing arts to achieve their potential by
providing a range of grants, prizes and scholarships to enable education and training opportunities.
Dame Malvina Major said the Arts Excellence Awards were just one of the ways the Foundation supported young artists at a
grass roots level.
“The focus of our regional committees is on fostering local talent and supporting the development of young emerging
artists in their communities. Alongside financial support, this can include offering professional guidance and
organising events where young talented artists have the opportunity to perform.
“The Foundation is very proud to be able to support promising young artists and to help grow the next generation of
Applications are now being accepted for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation Auckland Arts Excellence Awards until Friday
27 April. Applicants will be required to perform for a panel of adjudicators at the Diocesan School for Girls in Epsom
on Saturday 5 May.