If you're a young person who wants to audition for performing arts universities, you're expected to pay a fee to audition.
This year these fees are $75 per school - so if you want to apply to study at just two of these universities you will be expected to pay $150 for the opportunity.
These fees are not covered by a HECS- or FEE-HELP loan, and are non-refundable. There are so many young people who aren’t able to easily pay this fee. We don’t want this to be a barrier to enter the music theatre industry (especially when these courses are covered by loans available for these Commonwealth supported places)
We believe these fees are a large barrier to entry for people who are disadvantaged, and we want to help.
We’re giving out grants to people who find it hard to audition for performing arts schools due to the expensive audition application fees.
What are the details?
We’re giving 4 grants for those who have encountered barriers and/or have struggled to access our industry due to experiencing disadvantage.
In line with our philosophy of diversity, access, and inclusion, we will be awarding these grants to people who are disadvantaged, prioritising those who identify as people of colour.
We've raised enough to supply over 100 grants in total.
Who is on the panel?
As we're going to be awarding half of our grants to people of colour, we will appoint a panel that represents the people we're hoping to give grants to, therefore at least 50% of the panel will be people of colour.
We will let you know once we have the panel together.
How do I apply?
To apply please fill out the form below. In the application form there's a space provided for you to share links / attach clips of you performing. The application process is a chance for us to hear your story, learn about you and why you’d like to be considered and to see your passion for performance, so don’t hold back!
How will we make the decision?
Our panel will look at your answers to our questions and decide on our grant recipients by assessing:
The efforts taken by the individual to get to this point
The difficulties the individual may have faced
The individuals level of passion for the craft
The foundational skillset of the performer
The impact the grant would have for the individual
Our decision making will be strictly in line with our Conflict of Interest policy in which, if a panel member has worked with an applicant in a meaningful way, or has a personal connection that makes the panel member biased, this panel member will declare their conflict and not be allowed to offer any advice on the selection of that applicant.
Can I donate?
Yes! The more money we have, the more people we will be able to support.
Head to our Go Fund Me if you'd like to donate to our fund and help more people to access the first steps in their journey within our industry.
Can I help the students?
We're putting out the call for mentors!
After such a wonderful response to our grants initiative, and with so many awesome supporters reaching out, we're hoping to create a group of mentors for our grant recipients.
Be You Productions Incorporated's School Audition Grant Conditions
Applications close 4 October 2020
Grantee: The person who will receive the grant
Application: Your audition application for a school, and the subsequent invoice for payment.
Completion Date: Your scheduled audition date.
The Grantee must use the whole of the grant exclusively for the application as described in the application for the grant and not for any other purpose.
Be You Productions Incorporated will only issue the grant to the Grantee.
The grant will be capped at $75, though if the Grantee applies only for a course with a lower fee, that fee will be the highest amount paid to the Grantee.
If the Application is not completed and received by the end date specified on the application (“the Completion Date”) without an extension of the Completion Date approved in writing by Be You Productions Incorporated, the Grant may be revoked.
No part of the Grant may be used after the Completion Date without approval in writing from Be You Productions Incorporated.
The Grantee must promptly advise Be You Productions Incorporated of any changes which may affect the Grantee’s ability to undertake or complete the Application within the specified period.
The Grantee will use the grant only within Australia and, where specified in the application, within that particular State or Territory.
The Grantee must provide Be You Productions Incorporated with an official receipt from the school applied to within 10 business days from receiving the grant.
These Grant Conditions are subject to variations, deletions and additional conditions, deemed appropriate by Be You Productions Incorporated, before or at the time of payment. By accepting payment of the grant, the Grantee acknowledges that such variations, deletions and additional conditions may apply.
NOTE: Failure to meet the Grant Conditions will be taken into consideration if future applications are submitted to Be You Productions Incorporated.