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Boost for talented young performers in the Waikato

Boost for talented young performers in the Waikato

Young performing artists in the Waikato region can now get a $2,000 boost towards achieving their dreams thanks to new Arts Excellence Awards being offered by The Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation helps young New Zealanders in the performing arts achieve their potential by providing education and training opportunities, supporting them to prepare for professional careers. It does this through a range of grants, prizes and scholarships.

The new Arts Excellence Awards of up to $2,000 will be awarded by the Waikato Committee of The Dame Malvina Major Foundation to young performers developing a career in voice or instrumental classical music with a connection to the Waikato region.

Sue Lane, Chair of the Waikato Committee said the Committee’s focus was on fostering live performance and supporting the careers of emerging artists in the Waikato region.

“We’re very excited to now be able to offer Arts Excellence Awards to young performers with a connection to the Waikato – so either from, or studying, here. These will be in the form of grants to assist with costs of training, education or travel for young people beginning their career in the performing arts.”

Applications for Arts Excellence Awards close on Friday 1 August and can be made through or by emailing with “grant application” in the subject line. Winners of the awards will be announced in September.

The Dame Malvina Major Foundation was established in 1991 to enable Dame Malvina Major’s vision to “share the dream” with talented young performers.

The Foundation is a charitable trust with regional committees in Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, all run by local volunteers.

The Waikato Committee of the Dame Malvina major Foundation was formed in 2010.


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