The legacy of David Grant and his commitment to encouraging those in our industry to push the boundaries in creativity, innovation and ideas, will continue through the founding of a fellowship dedicated to the development of creativity, innovation and the future of our industry.
The Australian Event Awards, the Australian Centre for Event Management together with Katerina Grant are honoured to announce the David Grant Creativity Project – a fellowship for young people in the events industry in memory of the extraordinary event producer and Australian Event Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Grant.
The fellowship, known as the David Grant Creativity Project, will provide an opportunity for people under 30 to receive funds to expand their creative thinking, knowledge and professional development in the events industry. It is hoped that the fellowship will allow and inspire the next generation of event professionals to make outstanding contributions to the evolution of the industry – as David Grant did throughout his career.
The founding of the fellowship has been made possible through the contributions from Katerina Grant, the Event Awards and the Australian Centre for Event Management. For those who would like to widen the possibilities that can be provided through the fellowship and make a contribution, please contact the Australian Event Awards at Suite 1A1, 410 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010, email or call 02 8096 8777.
The application period for the fellowship will mirror that of the Australian Event Awards, opening in May 2017 and closing in late July.
The inaugural recipient of the Award will receive a $10,000 contribution to future professional development endeavours that are aligned to the objectives of the project.
Applicants do not have to have studied Event Management but will be required to submit a detailed proposal including evidence of what they intend to do with the funds they receive.
Further documentation will be available closer to the start of the application period.
David Grant was heralded by many as one of Australia’s greatest ever event producers, known for his ability to make the impossible possible in the creation of high impact public and private events.
He began his first event management company, David Grant Special Events, in 1987 and was particularly lauded for his events at 10 consecutive Summer and Winter Olympic Games, for his nine Cointreau Balls and, throughout his career, for his innovation and inventiveness which saw him achieve several firsts in the national events industry.
He received over 35 industry awards, including winning MEA’s Australian Event Organiser of the Year 10 times. In 2014 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Event Awards.
David passed away in December 2015.