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The academic major of performing arts encompasses singing, acting, dancing and music within its domain. This highly competitive field offers extreme challenges but equally extreme rewards for those that make the grade. For the fields within this major you'll need creativity, stamina, patience, self-confidence and passion. Continue reading to find out more about this field and the performing arts scholarships available to help make dreams come true.

The exact nature of your performing arts degree program will depend on which of the arts you are specializing in. Obviously, the coursework for a dance major is going to be rather different than that of a singing or vocal arts major. This being said, there are some common features among the various art forms and their degree programs.

First, you will have to decide if you want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. These two offerings are markedly different both in their educational approach to the subject as well as the vocational outcomes they produce. BA programs study the individual performing arts from a liberal arts perspective. Conversely, BFA programs are designed to train degree candidates to be professional dancers, painters, actors and musicians.

Performance arts scholarships are available for all of the performing concentrations. Unfortunately, the most recent economic downturn has negatively impacted the amount of funding available for the arts. That isn't to say that no performing arts scholarships are available but rather that the number and amount of scholarships has been reduced.

A look at the employment outlook for the performing arts presents a somewhat bleak picture. Competition is fierce in these overcrowded fields and the pay is often criminally low. And that is for the few who are lucky enough to find work. But if you have the talent, perseverance, passion (along with a bit of luck) you could be the next Isadora Duncan, the next Pavarotti, the next Glenn Gould.

Explore the links below to learn more about performing arts scholarships.

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States. Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee. PROCEDURES Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget. TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate. TIMETABLE Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.

Cristina Cadena Estabrook Piano Accompanist Memorial Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance Must be registered as a music major for the following semester. Qualifications include outstanding talent on the piano, previous experience, and/or ability in reading open score, advanced sight reading skills, a strong interest in choral accompanying, ability to work with other people, and financial need.

Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts offers assistance to students who are training for a ministry in the United Methodist Church in the areas of music, worship, drama, dance, visuals and other liturgical arts. Applicants must have been members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application, giving strong evidence of Christian character and participation in Christian activities of the church and/or campus. Applicants must be full-time music degree candidates in an accredited university, college, or school of theology, or pursuing an education in worship or the arts related to worship. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional musical/artistic talent, effective leadership ability, and outstanding promise of future usefulness to the Church in the areas of music and/or worship. Attn: Scholarship PO Box 24787 Nashville, TN 37202 phone: 800-952-8977 or (615) 749 -6875

John F. Kennedy Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. 2. Must have completed (or be enrolled in) a minimum of 60 semester/90 quarter units of college work. 3. Must be a resident of California and attend a California 2 or 4 year college/university. 4. Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. 5. Must be a CAHPERD member for a minimum of 60 days prior to application. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.cahperd.org/awards_scholarships/index.html#Student for more information and an application form.

Bucknell Performance Scholarships

Bucknell offers a rich campus life that includes opportunities in the performing arts. In order to be eligible for these awards, students must have academic records that match with profile of the Bucknell student body.Music, Theatre, Dance, Art/Art History and Creative Writing Scholarships are each selected by their respective faculty departments. The award recipients must meet Bucknell's academic expectations as well as participate in their respective departments' programs. We plan to have approximately 60 performing arts scholarship recipients in the Class of 2014.These renewable awards range between $2,500 and $10,000 per year. Financial need is not a requirement.

Legacy Scholarship in Dance

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance For an incoming freshman dance major who displays promise in performance and/or choreography. Each award may range from $250 to full payment of student fees for a semester, by application and audition to an incoming Dance Major or by faculty nomination and majority approval to a returning Dance Major. Awardee must be a full-time student. The scholarship is renewable for the spring semester based upon continued excellence.

Theatre/Forensics Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students participating in APU

The Quinn Martin Scholarship

To assist students planning a career in any area of the theater arts, including acting, dance, television, directing, script writing, production design, or production techniques. All Theatre Arts and Communication sophomores and juniors may apply, as long as they have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 at the time of application. The scholarship money is awarded initially for the junior year and automatically renewed for the senior year if scholarship requirements are met. Occasionally a scholarship is also awarded for senior year as well. Also for students majoring in Communication.

Patrick Stewart Scholarship for the Performing Arts

This is for all those studying acting, dance, music or skills and training relating to the media.

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States. Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee. PROCEDURES Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget. TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate. TIMETABLE Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.

ARTS Recognition and Talent Search Scholarships

Description:ARTS is a national program designed to recognize and encourage young people who demonstrate excellence in the arts. Offered through the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). Eligibility:This is a national program designed to identify, recognize and encourage High School seniors who demonstrate excellence in dance, film and video, music, jazz, voice, theater, visual arts, photography, or creative writing.

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