The Julie Martell Scholarship Fund

Neptune Theatre, in partnership with The Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay Cape Breton, has announced the creation of The Julie Martell Scholarship Fund. The fund gives emerging Cape Breton performers, aged 15-22 years old, the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to participate in arts activities either on or off the island. Julie Martell played “Donna” in Neptune’s smash hit production of Mamma Mia! in 2018. A native of Cape Breton, Martell recently returned home to perform in a special run of Mamma Mia! at the Savoy Theatre.

“Thanks to the generosity of The Savoy and other local businesses that are supporting the fund, we are able to assist the young, bright talent on the island,” says Jeremy Webb, Artistic Director of Neptune Theatre. “This initiative is in line with Neptune’s renewed and re-imagined efforts to support and nurture emerging artists.”

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Online donations are encouraged and may be made by clicking here.

Donations made by cheque are gratefully received:

Julie Martell Scholarship Fund
c/o Neptune Theatre
1593 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2B2

How to apply

Applications to the Julie Martell Scholarship Fund are invited year round.

Application Process and Criteria:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 15-22 years of age on the date of the activity detailed in the application.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Cape Breton, or be currently studying/working away from the island, but with Cape Breton as their permanent address.
  • Applicants can apply to the scholarship fund only once.
  • Applicants can apply to the scholarship fund for financial assistance in the areas of theatre, dance, and voice. Applications for assistance to attend workshops, classes, auditions, and special activities will be considered.
  • Applications to attend performances will NOT be considered, unless under special circumstances.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a committee once every three months. Applicants will be informed of the result of the committee’s deliberation whether successful or not.
  • Applications must be submitted at least 2 months before your activity.
  • Applicants are invited to provide an application to use the fund for travel assistance (up to 100% of the cost), accommodation (up to 75%) and activity participation fees (up to 75%).
  • Applicants will be expected to sign a simple letter of agreement to receive funds. Applicants will also be expected to provide written proof that the funds were used for the activity: receipts for travel, accommodation, class fees.
NOTE: Funds received, but not used (proof of use, as detailed above) shall be returned to The Julie Martell Scholarship Fund for other participants to use.
  • Applicants will be expected to submit a brief written report on their activity.
NOTE: the report will be due exactly two weeks after the completion date of the activity.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter, detailing how attending your proposed activity will help your creative process, future and current situation. Let us know what you hope to get out of it. Let us know how the fund will  assist you in achieving your goals.
  2. A resume, or similar, detailing your experience in your chosen field.
  3. Detail of the activity you are applying to participate in (please include a website address, prospectus, class description, OR activity details if possible).
  4. Please provide at least one support letter from a teacher, guidance councillor, or member of the arts community.
  5. A simple budget, showing how much you predict the activity will cost, the amount you are requesting of the fund and any other sources of revenue you are using.
  6. Support material: if you have reviews, newspaper cuttings that you feel will support your application, please include copies.
  7. Applicants are welcome to submit part of their application in video format, if they wish to do so.
NOTE: Please do not submit ANY original materials. Original materials will not be returned.

Applications may be sent by e-mail to or by post to:

Julie Martell Scholarship Fund
c/o Neptune Theatre
1593 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2B2