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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Ballet Hispanico School of Dance offers merit scholarships to eligible students each year in the Intensive and Professional Programs. Scholarship students are expected to participate in a full program of study, which varies from three to ten classes per week, depending on the students age and dance experience. Limited to residents of New York.
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.
College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance For music majors, carrying at least 12 units and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Criteria: 1. Must be very well rounded in all styles of Dance. 2. Must have a strong level 4 Jazz background. 3. Must demonstrate strong across floor skills during try-outs. 4. Routine will be taught during try-outs. 5. Must be admitted to California State Univ. Contact Information: Students interested in trying out for the Long Beach State Dance Team should view http://www.beachpride.com and/or contact the Coordinator of the Beach Pride Center ((562)-985-2535; mailto:email@example.com; USU-108).
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.
Bucknell University offers a limited number of arts merit scholarships to students who demonstrate artistic and academic excellence and who intend to major, minor, or concentrate in the fine and performing arts programs on campus. Scholarships are available in the areas of: * Art and art history * Dance * English – creative writing * Music * Theatre – design and technology or performanceAwards range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are renewable for four years provided that students satisfy department requirements.Candidates who would also like to apply for need-based aid will need to complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) profile form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.
Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance New or transferring music majors in cello, with 12 units, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. 2. Must be a full-time student (12+ units/semester). 3. Must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. 4. 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.
Sursa Fine Arts Scholarships are awarded to entering freshman students based on academics and performance in art, dance, theatre, or music. They are renewable for three additional years.
The Nantucket Arts Council provides scholarships to those year-round Nantucket residents who are graduating high school seniors and who wish to continue their education in the arts at the college level.The Council will support study in the fields of music, dance, literature, drama, and the visual arts. Scholarships will be awarded to students attending accredited institutions and who are majoring in the arts.The scholarships will be awarded based upon the merits of the candidate, recommendations, interviews, and examples of candidates work.
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