The Foundation Funding Policy

The Seaborn Broughton & Walford Foundation welcomes applications for financial assistance from both performing arts companies and from individual performing artists.
The Foundation will consider applications for assistance twice a year: in May and in November. Closing dates for applications are 1 May 2017 and 1 November 2017.


Applications from Performing Arts Companies

The following guidelines are intended to assist companies with their applications:

  1. Applications for assistance should be made for specific projects, productions or activities.
  2. Preference will be given to special projects additional to the core business of a performing arts company.
  3. Special projects may include:
    i. Commissioning an original play or performance
    ii. Professional work-shops of an original play or performance
    iii. Professional production of an original play or performance
    iv. Assistance with international tours
    v. Appointment of eg. trainee directors
    vi. Organising conferences of theatre practitioners
    vii. Professional training activities
    viii. and such other projects as the SB&W Foundation Board may approve.
  4. At the present time, support for a performing arts company will not exceed $50,000 in any one year.
  5. An application for assistance will not be considered until the Board has received an assessment and acquittal of a project previously assisted by SB&W Foundation.

Applications from Individual Performing Artists

The following guidelines are intended to assist individual performing artists with their applications:

  1. SB&W Foundation will welcome applications for financial assistance from individual directors, actors, designers and other performing artists to:
    i. undertake a specific production or performance.
    ii.  take up a secondment to an established company
    iii. attend conferences in Australia or abroad
    iv. attend theatre festivals in Asian, Europe and the USA
    v.  further their professional training in Australia or abroad
    vi. and for such other activities as the SB&W Foundation Board may approve.
  2. Preference will be given to individual artists who have established a beginning to their professional careers in Australia.
  3. At the present time support for individuals will not exceed $10000 in any one year.
  4. An application for assistance will not be considered until the Board has received an assessment and acquittal of a project previously assisted by SB&W Foundation.

The Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award

The Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award encourages the development of new Australian plays or performing arts projects emphasizing positive values.

The Award is offered each year for the development of a play or other approved performing arts project.

The Award provides financial assistance for playwrights during the writing or development of a play or a project. It is not intended as a prize for a finished work.

The Award may also assist with production costs, workshops, restaging, publishing or touring. A recipient may be working alone or jointly with others including writers, composers, designers, directors, producers.

 

Applications should be addressed to:

Ms Carol Martin
The Seaborn Broughton & Walford Foundation

Suite 10, 20 Young Street,
Neutral Bay NSW 2089

Phone: 02 9955 5444
Fax: 02 9921 0093

The Trustees

The Trustees of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award are:
David Berthold
Ken Healey AM
Gary Simpson AM
Frank Evan Williams AM
Lee Lewis

Donations

The Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Trust receives funding from the Rodney Seaborn Estate. Although it is closely associated with the SB&W Foundation, the Trust is a separate legal entity. The Trust welcomes contributions from companies and individual donors. Contributions of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund

The Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund provides grants for up to $5000 to assist playwrights and others working in the area to advance knowledge and appreciation of play writing as an art form, to help them realise their potential, leading to the production of works suitable for performance by a professional theatre company.
The fund was established under the estate of the Late Dr Rodney Seaborn AO OBE, and is in addition to the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.
Purposes for which grants may be made under the Fund include -
1) Assistance with the publication of a book or manual about playwriting.
2) Assistance in undertaking a relevant course of study or securing a mentorship position.
3) The organisation of conferences, workshops, master-classes or discussion groups on playwriting or related topics.
4) The setting up of relevant websites
5) Assistance to enable the applicant to explore ancillary aspects of the playwriting craft, such as dramaturgy.


Applicants for assistance from the Fund should download:

Applicants seeking financial support to present or develop a play are advised to apply for funding under the guidelines of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award.
Applications may be submitted by individuals or non-profit arts organisations. They will be considered by a committee appointed by the Trustees of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Trust. Funding will be made in two stages the second stage depending upon receipt of satisfactory progress reports.
The next round of applications under the Fund will close on 7th December 2017. It is anticipated that successful applicants will be notified in February 2018.
Applications should be made on the appropriate entry form available on the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation website.

All enquiries should be addressed to:

Ms Carol Martin
The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation

Suite 10, 20 Young Street,
Neutral Bay NSW 2089

Phone: 02 9955 5444
Email:
office@sbwfoundation.com


Theatre companies, projects and individuals whom we have been proud to support

The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation was founded in 1986 as a charitable organisation to benefit the Australian Performing Arts. It originated when the Griffin Theatre Company, who were doing such valiant work in promoting, Australian plays and playwrights, appealed for somebody to save the historic Stables Theatre at Kings Cross. This was done by our purchasing the Stables Theatre and the Griffin Theatre Company has benefited by having a rent free theatre (less outgoings) since 1986.

The Foundation since its inception is proud to have been able to assist many organisations and persons especially the following:

  • The Griffin Theatre Company
  • The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust
  • The Blue Mountains Festival
  • New Theatre Australia Productions
  • Barry Ryan (Tenor)
  • The New Mercury Theatre
  • The Australian Content Department (AETT)
  • The Australian Bicentennial
  • The Ensemble Theatre
  • The Australian National Playwright’s Centre
  • The Impromtu Players
  • The Marionette Theatre
  • Funding the SB&W Foundation & AETT Administration Training Course
  • The Bay St Theatre
  • The Theatre of Image (Kim Carpenter)
  • The Bell Shakespeare Company
  • The Belvoir St Theatre
  • Performing Lines
  • The Errol Hirst Memorial Scholarship of the Conservatorium of Music
  • Karnack Playhouse Queensland
  • Underwriter to the Sydney Festival play ‘Street of Crocodiles’
  • Providing theatre seating for the Burning House Theatre
  • The purchase and restoration of the Independent Theatre North Sydney
  • The National Institute of Dramatic Art
  • Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship
  • Glugs
  • Parnassus’ Den
  • Coogee Arts Festival
  • Sydney Theatre Critics Awards
  • Codgers
  • Monkey Baa Theatre Company
  • Stage Whispers Magazine
  • Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Actors’ Benevolent Fund
  • Sport for Jove Theatre Company
  • Critical Stages
  • The Seymour Centre
  • The Hayes Theatre