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Scholarship seeks applications from local musicians

Scholarship seeks applications from local musicians.

A scholarship established by longstanding member of the South Kaipara musical community, Daphne Stevens, is open again for applications.

The realisation of a lifelong dream, Daphne set up the scholarship under Auckland Foundation last year as a way to support local young musicians.

As well as financial assistance through an annual grant of $3,000, the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Scholarship also aims to encourage musicians to be involved in community music activities, as a way of gaining musical development and of contributing to the community.

Last year Orewa College student Billie Hart was selected as the scholarship’s inaugural recipient, and the accomplished classical and jazz musician has been performing in retirement villages and rest homes throughout the Hibiscus Coast during the year.

“I want to study music at University and start a career as a musician. The scholarship has been an amazing opportunity for me, and given me lots of performing experience, which is a vital part of my musical education. It’s a great stepping stone into my studies next year,” she says.

While the scholarship is open to all ages, and all genres or styles of music, applicants must focus their musical activities and performances in the Kaipara to Whangaparaoa area. Groups of more than five members, and groups that are a formal part of an institution such as a school, are not eligible to apply.

Applications for the 2019 scholarship are open now until 30 September, and can be made using the application form on the Auckland Foundation website at

All completed applications, or questions regarding the application process, can be directed by email to

About Auckland Foundation

As one of 16 community foundations in New Zealand, Auckland Foundation’s mission is to enable efficient place-based giving. The community foundation structure enables cost-effective giving for donors who wish to make an impact by providing the legal, governance, compliance and fund management requirements, doing away with the requirement to set up numerous charitable enterprises. Auckland Foundation offers flexible solutions to donor-advised funds, with funds pooled and invested in perpetuity, building an endowment for Auckland while also being distributed to support local projects throughout the year.

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