Michael Pilaar Memorial Music Fund

Applications open 1 July 2020.

The purpose of the Michael Pilaar Memorial Music Fund is to encourage young musicians to pursue their interest and enjoyment in music performance, both vocal and instrumental, and to help them reach their potential. The focus is on classical music.

A talented musician, Michael Pilaar died from Melanoma in June 2017, aged 19. The Pilaar family established the Fund to honour the memory of Michael and to assist young musicians in the Rotorua and Taupo Districts reach their goals.
Michael was a great communicator who was able to reach people through music. He had a great sense of fun, passion and enjoyment, and wanted to make a positive difference in their lives. The family would like to foster this spirit in other young musicians by providing financial assistance.

Scholarship purpose

The funds are to be used to support the development of an applicant's musical skills. This could include a contribution towards instrument costs, a music camp, tuition, exam fees, etc.

Criteria for applicants

Applicants must be aged between 8 and 18 years of age as at 1 January of the year in which application is made, and currently reside in the Rotorua or Taupo District communities.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Value and number of Scholarships available

Four Scholarships with a value of $500 each are available in 2020.

Other important information

The Scholarships must be used for the specific purpose for which they are granted.

The successful applicants will be selected by the Pilaar Family in conjunction with the Geyser Community Foundation. The decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

An interview may be required before final selection.

Scholarships will be presented to the successful applicants in September each year.

Successful applicants may be invited to perform at the Gift of Music concerts, which raise funds for the Michael Pilaar Music Memorial Fund managed by the Geyser Community Foundation, and may be invited to perform at Geyser's Celebrating Giving Annual Awards function in December.

Recipients will be required to be available for interviews, as information about the Scholarships and the way in which the gifts have been spent may be used by the Geyser Community Foundation for promotional purposes.

A written report about how the Scholarship was used, or is going to be used, and outlining the benefits gained must be received by the Geyser Community Foundation within six months of receiving the gift, ie by 31 March 2021.

It is expected that recipients will use the gift within 12 months of receipt.

A Scholarship may be revoked if the recipient's behaviour is inappropriate or the recipient has breached conditions of the Scholarship.

Opening and closing dates

Applications open on 1 July 2020 and close on 14 August 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Download an application form here.



Geyser Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1742 , Rotorua 3040, New Zealand | Phone : 07 349 7496 | Email: info@geysercf.org.nz