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The Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders

An annual scholarship to fund an overseas residency or study, fostering the next generation of talent.

The Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders is an Opera House initiative to help the next generation of arts managers tackle the increasingly complex landscape facing cultural institutions in the 21st century.

The AUD $30,000 annual scholarship funds an overseas residency or study trip for a person in the early stages of their career, and honours the memory of Lloyd Martin, the Opera House’s longest-serving general manager (1978-97), who joined the Opera House as deputy general manager just before its doors first opened in 1973. Fostering the next generation of talent is part of Lloyd Martin's legacy, and is integral to the Opera House's Decade of Renewal.

Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation 

The Opera House acknowledges the generous support of the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation, which established and has funded the Scholarship since 2014.

2023 Applications

To celebrate the Opera House’s 50th anniversary, two (2) scholarships will be awarded in 2023.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date below.

Application form

Applicants must complete and submit an application form and all associated materials to Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.



Applications will be accepted from current staff members of the Opera House, or current staff members of any of its eight flagship resident companies: the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra or Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. 

Please note that the Scholarship focuses on people working in areas that are increasingly critical to the viability and success of arts companies and cultural institutions, such as digital technology, finance, commercial enterprises, philanthropy, sponsorship, education, marketing and communications. Applications from other areas will not, however, be excluded. 


The selection panel for the Scholarship includes representatives of the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation; a representative of the Opera House; and an independent external panel member.  The selection panel’s decision at all stages of the process will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Key Dates

Applications closed for 2023.
Next round of applications will open in early 2024.

Previous winners

Frequently asked questions

Please contact the Opera House’s Philanthropy Department on 02 9250 7077 or email us at

Portrait of two women, the winners of the Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders.