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Helpmann Academy

Keeping our creative pulse beating strong


The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our global community. In the arts community that has meant the cancellation of gigs, performances and exhibitions, putting many creative careers on hold.

In these extraordinary times we are reminded that art acts as a great unifier, tool for hope and way to connect with one another. Now is the time to band together as a community and keep our creative pulse beating strong.

Emerging artists starting out in their careers need your help to ensure that they can keep creating and sharing their art with you.

The Helpmann Academy exists to support and empower South Australian graduate and emerging artists working in visual arts, theatre, dance, music and film to build sustainable careers. We are only able to do this thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Every dollar donated goes directly towards our programs.

A donation to Helpmann is not only an investment in the next generation of creative practitioners but will ensure the arts sector thrives for many generations to come.

As a result of your generosity, in 2019...

  • We provided opportunities and support valued at over $500,000
  • We worked with over 600 emerging creatives.
  • We funded 65 interstate and overseas professional development opportunities.
  • We introduced seven new awards valued at over $74,000
  • We awarded five fellowships valued at $90,000

We all benefit from the creative enterprises these artists undertake...

“The Helpmann Academy is unlike any other arts funding body in Australia, the personal relationship they develop with artists is a huge point of difference. They recognise the importance of continuing to develop professional connections and work alongside artists to take these relationships to the next level.”
Clara Solly-Slade, Theatre Artist
Recipient of the 2019 Helpmann Academy Emerging Director Fellowship

“I can’t imagine being an artist or having any kind of creative career in Adelaide without organisations like the Helpmann Academy. Directly and indirectly they’ve been there at almost every step of my growth as an artist, and I would say the same for many of my peers."
Tim Carlier, Filmmaker
2019 Helpmann Fellowship recipient

“Thanks to the Helpmann Academy and the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, I was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to advance and level-up my skills as an actor that I would not have been able to do otherwise."
Natalia Sledz, Actor
2019 Helpmann Fellowship recipient

“Without the grant from Helpmann Academy this opportunity would have been much harder to access. Their contribution has helped immensely and taken off all financial pressure, so I was able to fully immerse myself, enabling me to get the most out of the experience.”
Jacinta Jeffries, Contemporary Dancer
 Recipient of the 2019 ilDance Professional Development Opportunity

“The Banff Centre’s International Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music has changed my life. From day one I was challenged and pushed to a place where I was able to reach a whole new level of creative thinking."
Kyrie Anderson, Musician
2019 Regular Grant recipient

“It’s vital to have support as an emerging artist about to embark on a risky and unsure career path. Helpmann looks for the opportunities to help individual artists, and in doing so will allow those artists to grow, evolve and eventually become important artists who can in turn assist new emerging artists.”
Ellen Graham, Actor / Theatre maker
2019 Regular Grant and Elevate Mentorship recipient


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Contact Details

Suite 417, Level 4, 147 Pirie St

(08) 7089 0720

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.