The Olive Brown bursary provides up to £1,000 per year, for up to three years, to assist the study of one performing arts student (acting, dancing, music, technical skills in music and theatre, directing or designing) every year for the life-span of the fund.

Olive Brown, originally from Salford in Lancashire, lived in the island from 1959 until her death in 1990, when she left assets in a private will trust to be applied for charitable purposes. Olive and her husband John were known to be devout members of the Salvation Army throughout their lives and also to be very kindly disposed to young people, especially supportive of their creative aspirations.

The Executors of the will trust decided to forward a sum of money to the Jersey Arts Trust in the knowledge that its resources and expertise are ideally suited to the fulfilment of her wishes, ensuring her generosity lives on. Graham Boxall, partner at Appleby, who represents Mrs. Brown’s estate, said “my impression is that she and her husband were, if I may say so, salt-of-the-earth and self-effacing people with modest expectations but very kindly values”.

Colin Perchard, Chairman of the Jersey Arts Trust at the time of the bursary’s launch in 2010, said “We are delighted to be able to put this money to such good use. There is so much talent within the performing arts in the island and we will warmly remember Olive and her family as we use these precious resources to make new opportunities possible.”

To apply for the bursary, interested parties must send a CV or portfolio, and covering letter, by email to or by post to: Jersey Arts Trust, Le Mont Sohier, St Saviour, JE2 7HA. The bursary is subject to terms and regulations (Olive Brown Bursary Regulations).

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