The Ian Potter Emerging Performers Fellowship Program is a collaboration between The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). 

The program will see two fellowships awarded annually from 2024–2028 (10 fellowships in total) to support outstanding ANAM alumni who demonstrate a commitment to developing an independent creative practice.  

Emerging Performers Fellowships provide financial and mentoring support to the artist over a period of two years. Fellows will receive $50,000 per annum (a total of $100,000, tax-free) of untied funding from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust as well as tailored mentoring, coaching and network development from ANAM’s faculty of professional musicians.  

The program seeks to address a growing challenge faced by the classical music sector and independent performing artists – a lack of support for musicians whose professional aspirations are not met by a traditional orchestral career.  

Selection Process

Applications will reopen in 2025.
The selection process for each year's intake of fellows will begin in the second half of the year prior to the Fellowship commencing. Applications are to be submitted to ANAM in accordance with the instructions on its website.

About ANAM 

The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to training the most exceptional young classical musicians and is internationally renowned as the only purely performance classical music training academy in Australia and one of few in the world. 

ANAM is a member of the Australian Government-funded Arts8 group of performing arts training organisations. The Arts8 group are committed to providing the high-level and intense studio-based training necessary to ensure the national performing arts sector has a pipeline of creative talent that will enable it to continue telling Australian stories for generations.  

ANAM alumni are found in many of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, and ANAM’s intensive schedule brings together a global network of artists and performers who provide invaluable mentorship and guidance for emerging young musicians through public performances, in-residence master classes and other programs.