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Newcastle Lord Mayor's Arts Scholarship

The Newcastle Lord Mayor’s Arts Scholarship was established in 2004, to nurture young talent in their quest for excellence in all spheres of the arts, including, art, music, drama, dance, and writing. The scholarship recognises the City of Newcastle‘s commitment to the region’s cultural development. The scholarship is intended to offer financial support to young, financially disadvantaged students, undertaking studies in the arts at TAFE NSW.

One Newcastle Lord Mayor’s Scholarship will be awarded at a value of $1,000, and up to five Encouragement Awards valued at $200 each, may also be awarded.

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 10 May 2024

Applicants must:

  • study in the Newcastle local government area
  • be under 30 years of age as of 30 June 2024
  • be financially disadvantaged (defined as in receipt of Centrelink benefits or eligible for a Health Care Card or a Low Income Health Care Card)
  • be enrolled in a course of study at TAFE NSW related to art, music, drama, dance, or writing
  • have achieved outstanding academic results in the relevant course area/s
  • have demonstrated a high level of professional practice in the relevant arts area/s
  • not hold another scholarship for the same course, of equivalent or more substantial benefit.

Can I supply photos or video of my work?

Yes, you are required to submit two examples of your work, and we will accept photos and/or video. All examples of your work must be verified by your teacher.

Can I apply if I live outside the Newcastle local government area?

You may still be eligible to apply, provided you are studying with TAFE NSW in the Newcastle local government area.

Does the course I’m enrolled in meet the eligibility criteria?

TAFE NSW offers a wide range of course related to art, music, drama, dance, and writing. These course areas include but are not limited to: music industry, community dance, theatre and events, screen and media, visual arts, 3D art and animation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural arts, creative practice, ceramics, design fundamentals, and fashion design and technology. If you are unsure, please contact us at

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