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The Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders

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$20,000 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.

Find out additional background information about the Scholarship.


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

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. 

An annual scholarship to fund an overseas residency or study.

2018 Applications

Applications for 2018 open in April 2018. Bookmark this page  for updated information. Appplications must be submitted by email only, using the application form here.


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.

2018 Key Dates

Applications for 2018 open in April 2018. Bookmark this page for updated information. 

Previous winners


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

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