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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...

New releases of Nick’s live performances

**** EXCITING NEWS!! **** Over the last few months we have been searching through Nicko’s hard drives for music recordings that might help us to record his posthumous album, and in doing so have uncovered some pretty amazing live recordings. We have recording’s from Tasmania, Australia, and from his travels in Europe, and all feature Nicko casually engaging the audience from his seat on the stage: softly spoken, laughing, and smiling. We all know how much effort Nick put into his music, and he was just as attentive towards which music he released for people to hear - most live versions were not quite perfect enough in Nick’s mind to be released! But now they take on new meaning: no longer is just about the skill and perfection of his playing, but for us the listeners (for Nicko’s loved ones around the world) it is about hearing Nick’s voice again and imagining his...

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/...

Awesome Tassie music talent at our annual fundraiser

Thankyou to everyone for coming along and supporting our event at MONA, also thanks to those of you who have helped but were not able to make it along. We have said our congratulations to Jed and Fibonacci but we really want to also promote the other artists that performed at our fundraiser. If you want to know more about them (and you should!) here is the set list and also some links to their music. Please check them out and support them, you might just discover your new favourite band. A special thanks to Ben Lawless for helping manage the stage, audio and everything else, thanks Legend! Finally, we just wanted to say that this is just a small selection of the amazing musicians who applied for this year's grant - thank you again to everyone who applied! We are blessed with such amazing talent in Tas! Set List: 1) Fibonacci https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtWEu6R4RwI 2) Hugo Bladel https://soundcloud.com/hugo-bladel/i-lose-my-mind https://www.facebook.com/hugobladelmusic 3)...

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...

Annual fundraiser and grant announcement 28th Feb 2016

To those that may not have seen that we have our annual big bash this Sunday the 28th of Feb at MONA please visit our Facebook event or check out the rad poster produced by Great Scott Design for more details Annual Fundraiser poster  ...

Television interview – Let’s finish what Nick Started

Hey All, If you missed our recent TV interview with Sothern Cross News discussing our crowd funding campaign to 'finish what Nick started' please check out the link below. Great job Camo and Lou, and a massive thankyou to Katelyn Barry for putting such a great story together. Please donate to our capaign on pozible Lets finish what Nick started and help spread the work on social media by recording a short clip of yourself saying 'Lets finish what Nick started' and use the the following hashtag #lfwns See the clip for the 9th of feb 2016 - jump to 6:50 for our story Southern Cross News - 9th Feb 2016 ...