Three main funds are administered by the Endowment Trust:
The Research Fund
The original Endowment Trust fund. This Fund supports research activities related to the Library’s collections.
Research and the dissemination of new knowledge about New Zealand’s past, its cultures and its languages is crucial for understanding the distinctive qualities of New Zealand as a nation and their evolution in a world context. As new knowledge about New Zealand has become more important, so has the need to develop this fund.
The Endowment Trust seeks funding for fellowships to support full-time research at the Library, for grants-in-aid to provide added assistance to scholars for travel and other research expenses, and for a programme of conferences and seminars in the Library.
The Lilburn Trust
The Lilburn Trust was established by the prominent New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn in 1984. The Lilburn Trust supports a wide range of projects on New Zealand music. It has supplied grants to performers, composers, authors, filmmakers, record companies and oral historians to help promote New Zealand’s musical arts, to advance musical knowledge and appreciation, and to preserve musical archives. It also awards citations to individuals who have given outstanding service to New Zealand music, and funds the annual Lilburn Trust Student Composition and Performance Awards at universities throughout New Zealand.
The Trust’s recent initiatives include the biennial Lilburn Research Fellowship in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library. The aim of the Fellowship is to encourage scholarly research leading to publication on some aspect of New Zealand and music, using the resources of the Archive of New Zealand Music and the wider Library collections. The Fellowship has a value of up to $70,000 and also includes use of an office at the National Library in Wellington.
The annual Lilburn Lecture provides a platform for invited speakers to contribute to the discourse around New Zealand music, encourage debate and present new ideas. It has been held since 2013, with the lectures also being recorded and broadcast by Radio New Zealand.
The Lilburn Trust is administered as a charitable trust under the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust. Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) was a valued supporter of the Turnbull Library, helping establish the Archive of New Zealand Music and donating his personal collection into its care.
Jack Ilott Oral History Education Fund
This fund was set up through the generosity of philanthropist Jack Ilott 'to promote standards in the use of oral history as a means of documenting New Zealand’s past and contemporary history'. A goal of the Endowment Trust is to seek new funds to build on the original gift.
- The purpose of the fund is to promote standards in the use of oral history technique as a means of documenting New Zealand’s past and contemporary history.
- The Education Fund is to be used at the discretion of the Trustees to assist with activities which fall within the following categories:
a. Education in the use of oral history;
b. Training in oral history techniques, for example recording, interviewing, documentation, storage and preservation of oral history material;
c. Subsidising of attendance at oral history workshops, seminars, training exercises etc;
d. Purchase of equipment to be used for approved training purposes;
e. Any other educational, training or project activities deemed by the Trustees to serve the purpose of the funds.
- Applications for assistance are to be made to the Board of Trustees, and are to include a completed questionnaire giving details of the proposed work or training, together with details of the background of the applicant as it relates to the application.
- Allocations may be up to $500.
Use of Funds
- research projects and publication
- conferences and seminars
- music composition prizes and scholarships
- publishing New Zealand music
- oral history grants