Tait Performing Arts Association

We are proud to be involved in the promotion of Australian performing talent, including

  • Singers
  • Musicians
  • Actors
  • Ballet Dancers

Welcome to the Tait Performing Arts Association Website
In support of the endeavor of excellence


The Tait Memorial Trust was formed in 1992 by Isla Baring OAM in memory of her father Sir Frank Tait and his four brothers who played such an important part in the establishment of theatre and the performing arts in Australia. It also recognises with an annual award the major contribution of Viola, Lady Tait - who died in 2002 - as a founding patron of the Trust.

The Trust offers awards/grants for postgraduate study, performance opportunities to young Australian musicians and performing artists, and general help in the furtherance of their careers while resident in the UK.

The Tait Performing Arts Association in Australia, supports the same ideals as the Trust.

The Association from 1 November 2011, for income tax purposes, is a deductable gift recipient for your donations of $2 or more. Please forward your cheque to us in favour of the Tait Performing Arts Association Inc. We will send you a receipt by return mail. You may also make a donation by way of a gift of property. Please contact us first and we will discuss with the most appropriate way in which you can make a gift.

The Tait Performing Arts Association aims to support young Australian performing artists to further their careers in the UK and Europe through the provision of scholarships and awards.

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It is very exciting that we have formed the Tait trust / TPAA in my home town Melbourne where I was born and where the Taits made their name through JCWilliamsons Such an incredible dynasty , and how lucky was Australia to see and hear so many international artists, operas , recitals , musicals over 60 years . We have worked so hard over 20 years in London to establish a good reputation and helped so many young musicians with awards and showcases .

Please help us to build our Foundation in Australia so we can spread our wings and help nurture our young talent to survive in this competitive world.

Isla Baring OAM, Chairman TPAA

Isla Baring (nee Tait) Bio

Tait Performing Arts Association.


Proudly supporting young
Australian performing
artists in the UK

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Tait Performing Arts Association
Media Coverage

Seen and Heard International
Limelight Magazine




Isla Baring OAM

Founding Patrons

Dame Joan Sutherland AC OM DBE
Viola, Lady Tait AM
John McCallum AO CBE
Googie Withers AO CBE


Leanne Benjamin AM OBE
Danielle De Niese
John Frost AM
Julian Gavin
Barry Humphries AO CBE
Piers Lane AO
June Mendoza AO OBE
Ermes de Zan