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2018 Grant Applications are now Open

We are excited to announce that applications for the 2018 Live Your Dream Grant and Kickstart Award are now open. We have been blown away by the quality of the applicants over the past 2 years, and we have no doubt that this year will not be any different. We have taken on board some invaluable feedback and have boosted the Grant/Award as a result. The Live Your Dream Grant is specifically for a motivated and enthusiastic up and coming musician and/or band from Tasmania. This person or band, will ideally be at a stage in their career where they are ready to “crack the big time”. The monetary part of the Grant has been boosted to $3,000. The Kickstart Award is for artists or bands starting their careers and want to get out of the garage and in to a professional recording studio for the first time. This Award now provides the recipient...

2017 Annual Fundraiser Event

Come and join us at the Nick Balcombe Foundation 2017 Grant Recipient Presentation and Annual Fundraiser at MONA. Both the "Live Your Dream" grant & the "Kickstart" award are to be presented. We have been overwhelmed again at all the amazing applications submitted: an incredible mix of genres highlighting the amazing music being made in Tas! The decision is going to be a tough one… again! Bring the family, and gather in memory of Nick to help support the burgeoning Tasmanian music scene! Nitty Gritty: When: Feb 26 from 1 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. ish...

2017 Grant Applications are now Open

Applications for the 2017 Nick Balcombe Foundation Grant are now open. Through Nick’s legacy the Nick Balcombe Foundation (NBF) offers a ‘leg up’ via an annual grant, to a motivated and enthusiastic up and coming musician and/or band from Tasmania. Following such an amazing response to 2016 inaugural grant, the NBF is offering two grants for up and coming Tasmanian musicians who want to get to the next level of the industry. The grants are as detailed below: The Kickstart Award will consist of 2 components: Website (including 1 year of hosting) and social media support Exposure and connections within the music industry to help navigate the challenges that the industry holds The Live Your Dream Grant will consist of 4 components: Financial assistance of $2,500 Website (including 1 year of hosting if required) and social media support Exposure and connections within the music industry to help navigate the challenges that the industry holds Simply click on the relevant...

Exciting News – DGR Status

We have some exciting news. Due to the extremely hard work from Benn Turner, we have been granted Deductible Grant Recipient (DGR) status. Sound impressive? It is! What this means, is that YOU can now claim a tax deduction for every donation of $2 or more you make to The Nick Balcombe Foundation Inc. With the end of financial year coming quickly, don't leave it too late to reduce your tax bill, click on the link below and help us keep Nick's dream alive. https://www.givenow.com.au/nickbalcombefoundation/...

Thank you and congratulations

Well what a day. We are so humbled by the turnout today. A very quick head count at one stage yielded over 200, and there were many people that popped in for a visit during the day as well. There were 2 main goals of today: raising some additional funds to help us finish what Nick started by completing his album; and announcing the inaugural winner of the Grant. We still have to do a final count, but indications are that we have raised over $5,500. So thank you so much to all of those that came along today, and for parting with some of your hard earned money in order to get us closer to our target. We would also like to announce that Jed Appleton was the winner of the inaugural Nick Balcombe Foundation Grant. Please join us in congratulating Jed, and we look forward to working with him over the next 12...

Pozible Campaign

The time has finally come to let you all know about this exciting project we have been working on. Imagine if you didn't get to finish your life's work. Our beautiful friend Nick touched many people through his music, friendship, professional life and family. Nick was a passionate Tasmanian living his his dream. Touring Europe, playing along side artists like Donavon Frankenreiter, and recording whenever time and funds allowed.  Following his tragic death in 2014 due to a stroke, his vast network of friends and fans have been keen to do something that celebrates his life and achievements, and create a legacy that Nick would be proud of. With the support of family and friends, we have created the Nick Balcombe Foundation that provides an annual grant for contemporary music in Tasmania. But there is some other unfinished business...

The Launch

After many beers and coffees over the past 18 months or so, The Nick Balcombe Foundation officially launched at 3pm today. The drizzly conditions in Hobart were not enough to dampen the spirits of all those that attended. It was a satisfying and emotional ocassion, with many laughs and some tears. The event was held in The Yard at The Brunswick Hotel, where Nick frequently played his beautiful music. At the launch, we also officially opened applications for the 2015 Grant. To apply for The Grant, click on the following link: [button size='' style='' text='Apply Now' icon='' icon_color='' link='http://nickbalcombefoundation.com.au/the-grant/2015-grant/' target='_blank' color='' hover_color='' border_color='' hover_border_color='' background_color='' hover_background_color='' font_style='' font_weight='' text_align='' margin='']   We would like to thank all of those who came along today and for being apart of this significant moment. We hope you enjoyed the sneak peak of our next exciting project. Keep living the dream....

Upcoming Project

Today we met with photographer Samuel Shelley at a beautiful location not far from Tasmania's capital city of Hobart. We can't say too much about the project at this stage, but you will not need to wait long to get all the details. We met at 6:30 am to get the best of the conditions, particularly the lighting conditions. We could not have asked for a better day, the sun was shining and there was barely a breeze at all. Stay tuned for more information on this project and check out some of Sam's work at http://www.samuelshelley.com.au...

Why?

Upon hearing the news that Nick had suffered a stroke and had been placed in a coma, Cam Crawford (the now President of the Nick Balcombe Foundation) arranged for a few of us to catch up for a drink at a local bar in Salamanca. The purpose of this drink was to make sure we were all there to support each other, and to put out some positive vibes for Nick. This was actually the first time I had met Cam, and also gave me the opportunity to reconnect with Benn Turner and Andy Crawford who I hadn't seen in awhile. Whilst I think we all knew deep down how seriously ill Nick was, there was only talk of  "WHEN Nick wakes up...