Thanking you

The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust thank and acknowledge the incredible generosity of all those who gave their time, talents and money to keep the Stacey Award running for a total of 22 years.

As the Trust has ceased operations – see below links to other organisations that provide support and opportunities to Australian Conductors.

Organisations that we recommend

  • The Tait Memorial Trust
  • The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
  • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Opus 50 Charitable Trust
  • Rob Guest Foundation

The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of Sir Frank and Viola, Lady Tait and the Tait brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia & New Zealand. The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young musicians and performing artists from Australia and New Zealand, and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust launched its international music scholarship program for Australian singers, musicians and conductors wishing to undertake overseas music study in 2000. This exciting initiative assists musicians, singers and conductors in all music genres in making a unique, original and valuable contribution to Australian Culture.

Since 2000 there have been 107 music scholarships awarded with a total value of $1,337,559. Of these there have been 29 awards to singers for study in The Netherlands, U.K., France, U.S.A., Germany and Italy. Musicians have received awards for chamber music, orchestral and solo study in U.K. Europe and U.S.A. There are no restrictions on scholars applying for further assistance and it is the Trust’s view that it should stand by and support, when practical, a scholars’ musical development for life

The Rosemary and John Hopkins Award is for a conductor of any age, to assist with a youth or community music project.

The successful project, ideally to be completed within the Award year (2018/2019) should be creatively conceived and may be undertaken in partnership with other youth or community organisation(s) such as orchestra, ensemble, choir or school. It is intended that recipients of the Award would gain high level practical experience, develop a commitment to and a greater understanding of community and youth music projects and their possibilities to improve society and disadvantaged communities. These attributes very much reflect the vision and values of John Hopkins, so it is a very fitting memory of his life and achievements.

As part of the Award, an opportunity to conduct a work or works with the Zelman Orchestra will be offered to the successful candidate. The value of the Award offered in 2018 will be $3,200.

The Opus 50 Charitable Trust is a public Trust. It derives its funds from the general public and family members through donations.

The Trustees of The Opus 50 Charitable Trust have established this public fund for charitable purposes for the promotion of music with the aim of encouraging persons with talent to make their way in the music world and to allow singers, instrumentalists, composers and other musicians or persons wishing to pursue a career or vocation in these fields to develop and explore their talents beyond which they have already achieved.

The Trustees of The Opus 50 Charitable Trust expects Australian musicians to develop their career in musical studies and gain experience in performing and entertaining.

The Trustees are directing their support at:

    * existing organisations, such as choirs, players of chamber music, opera studies music institutions and ensembles to facilitate creativity in performing arts.


  1. *a special musical project.

  1. *there is no provision for assistance to individual students.

Such groups are invited to apply, outlining their plans or program, commencement dates and duration of the project, together with a budget.

Financial support is in Australian dollars to organisations in Australia.

Applications may be completed and forwarded to the Trustees by post or email.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

Mary de Jong, Trustee

The Rob Guest Endowment is a major contributor to the musical theatre landscape with a 2018 prize package of over $45,000. This includes the Rob Guest Endowment award, The Technical award in honour of Sue Nattrass, The Melbourne’s East End Theatre District Artist Development Award and the Musician Award.

The Rob Guest Endowment has cemented itself as Australia’s most exciting scholarship program in performing arts, providing financial assistance and industry support to the musical theatre stars, creators and musicians.

The Rob Guest Endowment Award is a $20,000 cash prize intending to guide new artists in the musical theatre industry and shape them to become a leading Australian performer.

In 2018 we are thrilled to present Technical and Musician Awards, which aim to support members of the technical and musical fields and guide them to become leaders in their respective fields. Each award offers a $5,000 cash prize to assist them in this endeavour.

Applications for all three awards are now open, please visit the awards page to apply.