The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award


The Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award provides significant funding to help an aspiring VCA Music Theatre student embark on a successful career following graduation. This may be to fund overseas travel for further study (including master classes, intensives or courses in any of the areas that comprise music theatre performance; and attending shows, festivals and other allied artistic events during travels); it may fund the development or production of a new work; or it may support other development activities that the applicant and Selection Committee deem to be appropriate and of significant benefit to the recipient and his/her career aspirations.

Please read Information for Award Applicants for more details and before making an application.

In addition, an Industry Award will be adjudicated by the Audition Panel for the best audition of the day. 


The value of the scholarship offered in 2017 is $25,000. The Industry Award is valued at $3,000.

Open and closing dates

Applications are closed. Auditions will be held on Monday 24 July 2017. The scholarship is expected to next open for applications in mid July 2018.

Criteria and eligibility

This Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award is open for application to final year VCA Music Theatre students. Applicants must show potential to have a successful professional career in Music Theatre.  Shortlisted applicants are required to attend an audition to discuss their application.

The Industry Award is for travel and can only be claimed if the trip occurs within 12 months of the audition. The Industry Award is not for the creation or production of a work.

Selection Process

Applicants will be judged based on three criteria.

  • 75% of decision based on academic performance during the candidate’s studies in VCA Music Theatre program
  • 15% will be based on an audition
  • 10% based on candidate’s submitted proposal

The application must include a proposal explaining how the applicant intends to use the Award to assist in advancing his/her career in Music Theatre, including a detailed budget. Applicants should provide as much detail about their plans as possible and state how those plans would advance their particular career goals.

A special Selection Committee will choose top applicants based on academic performance and submitted proposal. An Audition Panel will select the top applicant based on audition results. The Selection Committee will nominate the recipient based on the results determined by the Selection Committee and the Audition Panel. The nomination will be presented to the Dean of the Faculty of the VCA and MCM for approval.

Please use one of the following budget proformas to support your application:

Dobell Award Travel Budget Proforma

Dobell Award Project Budget Proforma

Additional requirements

The recipient of the Award will be required to provide a final report, including a full financial acquittal, and share their experiences with students of VCA Music Theatre upon their return in a scheduled forum.  

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript and, where relevant, there will be the option to include any support material that gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.