Christine Tustain Classical Music Award

The Acorn Foundation Christine Tustain Classical Music Award is valued at $2,000 and is bestowed annually to support the furtherance of studies in classical music (singing or instrumental).

This opportunity is now closed.

To support the furtherance of studies in classical music
(singing or instrumental).

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Applications to the Christine Tustain Classical Music Award are facilitated by Creative Bay of Plenty.

Award Value:

The award has the value of $2,000, adjusted annually based on the CPI inflation index to 30 June and rounded to the nearest $500.  The base year will be 2021.


  • Applicants must be undertaking or about to commence further study in preparation for a career in classical music.
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they are engaged in, or have been accepted for, an advanced study programme or specialised course in classical music.
  • Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 6 September 2021.
  • Applicants must either currently reside in Tauranga/Western Bay or have completed part of their secondary education here.


  • The selection panel will consist of a representative from each of the classical music community, Creative Bay of Plenty and Acorn Foundation.
  • All applicants will be advised of the selection panel’s decision and the award will be given in November.
  • The panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • In the event of no decision being made due to insufficient or unsuitable applications, the award will be held over for a year and applications will be re-invited.

To apply:

  • Applications are being received via this webpage from Monday 9 August 2021.
  • If you need assistance making an application, contact Annie Hill at Creative Bay of Plenty on

Privacy Declaration

The information requested in the attached application form will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your application for this award.  Personal information contained in this application will be made available to members of the selection panel, and staff of the Acorn Foundation and Creative Bay of Plenty.

The Acorn Foundation undertakes to store your application in a secure place in the event that you are successful in gaining an award or are selected as a reserve candidate for an award.  The Acorn Foundation undertakes to destroy your application to preserve its confidentiality, in the event that you are unsuccessful in gaining an award.  Should you have reason to believe that information held about you in either your application or your academic record is incorrect, you have the right of access to, and correction of, that information.


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