We're thrilled that our very own Carl Nilsson-Polias, STC Content Manager and the brains behind our show programs and the online Magazine, is the recipient of the inaugural Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Arts Leaders.
The scholarship, which is a Sydney Opera House initiative, is designed to help equip the next generation of arts leaders for the complex landscape facing cultural institutions in the 21st century.
As winner, Carl receives $20,000 to undertake an international study tour next year, focusing on organisations that have made important innovations in translating shows and events into digital content, including the National Theatre in London, MoMA in New York and the US National Football League.
The Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship honours the memory of the Opera House’s longest-serving general manager, and has been created with the generous support of the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation. The scholarship funds a tour or residency for arts administrators in the formative stages of their careers, when overseas experience will most benefit their professional development, the organisation for which they work and the broader arts community.
The scholarship focuses particularly on areas that are increasingly vital to arts organisations’ viability and success, such as digital technology, commercial enterprises, finance, philanthropy, sponsorship, marketing and communications.
STC Executive Director Patrick McIntyre said: “I salute the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation and the Sydney Opera House for offering this scholarship, and for opening it up to staff from the resident companies. It’s terrific to see the Opera House making such a contribution to the development of young managerial talent in the arts. This is a great way to mark the legacy of Lloyd Martin, with whom I had the pleasure of working many years ago. We are very proud of Carl and look forward to further developments in his skills, knowledge and outlook.”