Jack Sturgeon Bursary

Pictured above: Jemma Carey (Venue & Operations Manager MECC & Events), Baden Day (Jack Sturgeon recipient 2023) and Mayor Greg Williamson.

Congratulations Baden Day - Recipient of the 2023 Jack Sturgeon Bursary!
Today (13 December, 2023), Baden was recognised for his costume designs, his dedication towards his studies and his willingness to provide kindness and cheer to children in hospital.
The annual $1000 Jack Sturgeon Bursary is open to graduating high school students of the Mackay Region, who wish to pursue a career in performing arts.
We wish Baden the very best in his artistic future and look forward to celebrating further achievements with him over the coming years.
Well done, Baden! 👏🏼

$1000 Theatre Arts Bursary

Young emerging artists, techs & backstage crew - Apply now!

Finishing school and continuing your studies in performing arts? This is for you!

The Jack Sturgeon Bursary for performing arts celebrates 23 years in 2024.
This bursary is in memory of the late Jack Sturgeon - a driving force behind building the Mackay Entertainment Centre.

The bursary is open to students of the Mackay Region completing Year 12 in 2023, who wish to pursue a career in performing arts.

Whether you’re a performing artist in music, theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret or a behind-the-scenes superstar, we want to hear from you!

Applications open Wednesday 6 September, 2023!

How do I apply?
Students are required to submit an application including:
* a cover letter outlining why you should be considered (tell us why you’re the winning candidate!) and detailing which university course you’re joining in 2024
* a brief resume of artistic achievements to date
* a USB/memory stick containing your artist’s portfolio of maximum 10 high quality images of your work (digital videos and/or photos accepted).

What is the closing date and when will I know if I'm successful?
Applications close on Friday, November 10, 2023 with the successful applicant announced soon after (date to be confirmed).

Applications can be mailed or delivered by hand.
Mail to: MECC, PO Box 1080, Mackay, QLD, 4740
Personally deliver to: MECC Box Office, Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre, 258 Alfred Street

If you have any questions please contact: meccsalesandmarketing@mackay.qld.gov.au