The David Laurence Scholarship for developing artists was created to help dismantle systems of prejudice and provide access to singing lessons to those who may not otherwise have access to them. It also focuses on the transformative nature that singing and music can have on our lives.
The award was created in honour of Dr David Laurence Brash, who devoted his life to improving the quality of life and mental health of countless people, and his support of the arts and music education.
If you are a person 18 years and over who dreams of pursuing singing, but something out of your control is standing in your way, I encourage you to apply for this scholarship. The award is open to citizens of any country.
This scholarship includes:
40 hours of one-on-one mentorship
- singing lessons
- language coaching
- stagecraft and acting
- musicianship and historically-informed performance
- professional development
Applications for the
2023 David Laurence scholarship for developing artists
have been extended to
12th September, 2022.
What is a Developing Artist? Do I need to be a certain age?
A developing artist is any amateur singer who is on their learning journey. This can include, but is absolutely not limited to, young singers. In fact, whilst the minimum age for this mentorship program is 18, there is no maximum age limit. If you are above the "typical age" targeted by usual education opportunities, you are very much invited to apply for this scholarship.
What do I need to include in my application?
You can find the application form at the top of this page. Please send your completed form, CV and two videos of you singing to email@example.com
What if I need help with my application?
If you need any help with your application, send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any restrictions to the scholarship?
Restrictions to the scholarship are outlined here.
Who was David Laurence?
This scholarship was created in honour of the late Dr David Laurence Brash. You can read more about him here.
I live in another country, how do I have my lessons with you?
This scholarship is open to singers internationally. All you need is a stable internet connection and access to Zoom. Please include your time zone and availability on your application form to ensure we can find a mutually good time in which we can meet each other.
How much does it cost to apply?
In keeping with the mission of accessibility, there is no fee to apply for this scholarship.
Trinity Preston is a young singer-songwriter on the path to stardom. By age 15, she was already winning open-age singing competitions, and at 16 her original song “Give me a Name” (which she recorded with Australian Idol winner, Damien Leith) was aired on Power FM.
Trinity has used her precocious musicality to largely teach herself, emulating recordings of her favorite singers with powerful and passionate voices.
In addition to being the recipient of the 2022 David Laurence Scholarship for developing artists, Trinity will also be undertaking a Bachelor of Performance and Theatre at the University of Wollongong.
Trinity's story in the Hunter Valley News can be found here.