Information for Applicants

Helpmann Academy Award for Voice 2022



The Helpmann Academy Award for Voice (generously funded by Dr Rob Lyons) is available to vocalists who are final year students or graduates from selected programs from the Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide). 

There are up to two $5,000 awards (total prize value of $10,000) available and provides the opportunity for the recipient to undertake a self-directed and tailored program that will further develop their burgeoning career. The recipient will be empowered to seek out unique training in areas of interest, develop work, record or tour, gain valuable experience, and build networks. The funding provides the opportunity for the recipient to develop their skills and experience, locally, nationally, or internationally.

The Helpmann Academy Award for Voice aims to support and inspire the future endeavours of South Australia’s emerging vocalists. The recipient will have the opportunity to undertake significant activities that align with their career objectives and facilitate the next steps in achieving these goals.


Emerging vocalists eligible to apply will meet the following criteria:

  • Must be final year students or graduates (within five years following their final year of study) from the following programs at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide): 
    • Bachelor of Music (all majors)
    • Bachelor of Music Theatre
  • Honours graduates are eligible if they are within five years of graduation.


The award is designed to support an emerging voice artist to take the next step in their career development.

Applicants are encouraged to thoughtfully consider the progression they would like to take in their career development, and research what opportunities might be available to help facilitate this.

Opportunities should offer the right education or experience to provide pivotal development, not available in South Australia. The activity could be made up of multiple opportunities or focused on one for an extended period of time. These activities could include:

  • Lessons with acclaimed teachers or at renowned institutions (funding cannot be used for formal study such as Masters)
  • Mentorships with acclaimed musicians interstate or overseas
  • Recording
  • Touring
  • Residencies or Internships
  • Industry conferences



Before commencing your application, please ensure that you are eligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to check with Helpmann that their intended program will meet the criteria.

Clearly answer all the questions and provide the required support material.

The application is made up of three questions requiring written responses. They are:

  1. Tell us about your intended program of career development (tell us what you want to do).
  2. Outline the expected outcomes of undertaking your proposed program by telling us why this particular activity will be beneficial for the advancement of your career and how you intend to utilise the knowledge and experience gained (tell us why you want to do it).
  3. Tell us about your professional experience to date, including any awards and successful grant applications, details of any productions and key artists you’ve worked with (tell us all about you).

The required support material is outlined in the application form and includes:

  • Artist CV (maximum two pages).
  • Academic transcript.
  • Endorsement letter from a current or former lecturer on letterhead (if within 1-3 years post-graduation), or letter from an industry peer (if within 4-5 years post-graduation). *
  • Confirmation of your proposed activity (i.e. confirmation of your place at a school, letter of support from a mentor etc). If confirmed at time of application.
  • Budget outlining all expenses associated with the program and how they will be supported (see sample budget).
  • Timeline of the proposed activity (activity must take place between 1 August 2022 and 31 December 2023).
  • Up to three, MP3 or MP4 recordings of you performing.

* It is highly recommended to organise and request your reference letter as soon as you start to put your application together and in plenty of time before the application due date.

In addition to the required support material, applicants are welcome to also provide additional material they feel will support their application. This can include further letters of endorsement, clippings/reviews of past work, or showreels.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposed program with the Helpmann Academy and to submit a draft application to receive feedback before submitting their final application.

Draft applications must be received in Word format by Wednesday 1 June 2022. Send to [email protected]

Final applications must be lodged via the Helpmann Academy website and be submitted by Wednesday 15 June 2022 at 11:59pm ACST.


The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate how their proposed program will contribute to their professional development.

A panel facilitated by the Helpmann Academy will assess applications based on:

  • The impact the program will have on the artistic practice of the applicant.
  • The provision of a clear outline of why the chosen program is beneficial to the applicant’s career development at this point.
  • How the applicant will maximise the opportunity.
  • A demonstrated commitment to learning.
  • The personal and professional qualities the applicant is able to contribute.
  • Professional standard of application.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.


  • The applicant must not have any outstanding Helpmann Academy acquittals.
  • The recipient must undertake the program of activity between 1 August 2022 and 31 December 2023.
  • The recipient will be required to provide the Helpmann Academy with updates throughout the duration of the program and provide a final acquittal report within two-month of completion of the program.
  • If there are any changes to the proposed program or budget, the recipient must notify the Helpmann Academy immediately and await approval before continuing.
  • Following the activity, the recipient may be asked to speak at a public forum about the benefits, experiences and outcomes of receiving the Helpmann Academy Award for Voice.

For more information contact the Helpmann Academy on (08) 7089 0720 or email [email protected]