Peter Lowry, President of the performing arts charity, the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation, has just announced the Board’s approval of awards totaling $110,000 to nine applicants from the performing arts. The successful projects were selected from a large field of 41 applications representing a wide variety of companies and individual artists from NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

Guidelines for SB&W Foundation Grants include significant Australian content, work that reflects different aspects of Australian culture, projects that demonstrate originality and imagination, have a clear set of achievable artistic aims, have potential for artistic and popular success, provide employment opportunities and supported by a realistic budget. Consideration is also given to work that adds value to the Australian performing arts and brings Australian theatre to regional and even international audiences.

Successful applicants in the Foundation’s current half-yearly Grant round are:

McFadden Music Co – The co-producer Peter Fleming has successfully applied for funds to stage a musical based on a classic Filipino novel involving the Sydney Filipino community. The work, directed by Aarne Neeme, has already received development and will be produced at Riverside Theatres Parramatta in mid-2019. The funds will be applied to director’s and designer’s fees.

SB&WF Grant: $12,000

Squabblelogic Independent Theatre Music Theatre, Inc – Jay James-Moody, Artistic Director and Producer of this well-established independent music-theatre company specialising in unusual and innovative work, has successfully applied for financial assistance to stage a new production that has already received significant development by a group of experienced artists.

SB&WF Grant: $20,000

Seymour Centre – Artistic Director and General Manager Tim Jones has successfully applied for assistance to stage/re-stage five productions.

SBWF Grant (to support one production: Ear to the Edge of Time by Alanna Valentine): $5000

Hub Studio – Oliver Wenn previously received assistance from SBWF in 2016 to complete six episodes of a web-series called The Bench. They have been screened to invited audiences with considerable success. Oliver Wen has successfully applied for further funding to showcase the episodes with the aim of obtaining wide distribution.

SB&WF Grant: $8,000

Wendy Moche – PNG NIDA Graduate and Resident Writer at the Jute Theatre Company based in Cairns, Queensland, Wendy Moche has successfully applied for funds to conduct a workshop for PNG actors and writers in association with the company.

SB&WF Grant: $10,000

Marrugeku Inc – Producer Justin Macdonell has successfully applied for financial support for a production that will be seen in several Australian states and will tour to the USA. Marrugeku is a is well-run indigenous dance company based in Broome, Western Australia, with an international profile.

SB&WF Grant: $15,000

Performance Space – Emily Langridge, Marketing and Development Manager at Performance Space operating at the Sydney Carriageworks arts complex, has successfully sought assistance for the annual two-week festival of innovative, inter-active performances, a popular event now an important part of Sydney’s theatrical year.

SB&WF Grant: $18,000

bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company – Suzanne Millar, Artistic Director of this independent theatre company with its track record of highly original theatre production in Kings Cross, has successfully submitted a clear and precise application to develop a new production dealing with serious social issues.

SB&WF Grant: $14,000

Shopfront Arts Company – Based in Carlton NSW, Shopfront is a long-established and successful youth performing arts centre. The Company received SBWF support in 2017 and applied the funds in strict accordance with their application. Creative Director Natalie Rose has successfully applied for funding for ArtsLab,  a core emerging artists program.

SB&WF Grant: $8,000

For information on applications for the final round of 2018 Grants in November, please visit


The mission of the Seaborn Broughton & Walford Foundation is to promote and encourage the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of drama, opera, dance, mime, music, puppetry and all other forms and facets of the performing arts in all their expressions within Australia.

One of the ways in which the SB&W Foundation achieves this goal is by providing financial support for a wide variety of individuals and organisations involved in Australian theatre and performing arts through the funding of bi-annual grants. The Foundation also fosters and promotes education, training, research and scholarship by preserving and making accessible the resources of the SB&W Foundation Archives and Library and supporting the Griffin Theatre Company in its role of developing and staging leading new Australian writing and theatre.