• Chelsea Smart, jazz singer


Help Shape the Future for South Australia's Best New Artists

A thriving arts community has always been at the heart of successful and vibrant societies.

However, embarking on a career as an artist is a daunting task.

The Helpmann Academy exists to support and empower South Australian graduate and emerging artists to build sustainable careers. We are only able to do this thanks to the generosity of our supporters. Every dollar donated goes directly towards our programs. A donation to Helpmann is not only an investment in the next generation of artists, but will ensure the arts sector thrives for many generations to come.

In 2016, we awarded $63,000 in cash prizes and awards, we granted $150,000 in project grants, and we sent 10 artists on residencies around the world, valued at $68,000. 

Donations to the Helpmann Academy whether large or small, make a significant difference not only to the life of an artist, but also to the community of South Australia. We all benefit from the creative enterprises these artists undertake.

Here’s the difference a donation to Helpmann can make:

  • $50 can provide a place in a Masterclass with an international artist.
  • $100 can provide one nights accommodation on a residency in China, India, or Rome.
  • $250 could assist a film student with entry fees into an International Film Festival, for a screening of their film.
  • $500 would provide a quick response grant to support a visual artist to set up their first exhibition in a gallery.
  • $1500 would match an emerging artist with an established mentor to develop their practice in our Elevate Mentorship Program.

“To have three months to focus entirely on my art practice was an absolute privilege and invaluable opportunity.”
Deborah Prior, 2016 British School at Rome Residency Recipient.

“Thank you for investing in music and musicians, and having the foresight to know how many lives your generosity will reach.”
Joseph Burgess, winner of the 2016 Bendigo Adelaide Bank Award for Top Jazz Drums Undergraduate.

“By winning this award I can now receive professional advice regarding improvements in writing and directional aspects of my show.”
Caetlyn Collins, winner of the 2016 Minter Ellison “Fringe and Beyond” Award.

Tax-deductible donations of $2 or more can be made by cheque, credit card or direct deposit.

Donate securely online with your credit card

Direct deposit
Bank: Bendigo & Adelaide Bank
BSB: 633-000
Account Number: 148 771 090
Account Name: Helpmann Academy
Reference: Your surname + DONATION

If you would like more information about donating to the Helpmann Academy, contact us on (08) 7320 3330 or email [email protected]

We invited some Helpmann supported artists to tell you, in their own words, how a gift from you makes a difference.

Read their inspiring messages: