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.
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.
Criteria for Application:
1. Applicant must be a current member of SHAPE America. Graduate students may join at the time of application.
2. Applicant must be majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation or dance.
3. Applicant must be enrolled in a matriculated full-time masters or doctoral program. One semester of full-time study
in the field of health, physical education, recreation or dance must be completed in pursuit of applicant's current
degree. *Doctoral candidates working on their dissertation must be no more than one year beyond coursework completion.
4. Applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 overall on a 4.0 grade point scale. The following
guidelines should be used when reporting the GPA:
* First semester Master's and Doctoral candidates: GPA based on most recent degree obtained. GPA scores
from all institutions attended in pursuit of applicant's most recent degree must be factored into the overall GPA.
* Master's/Doctoral candidates beyond first semester: GPA based on applicant's current program. GPA
scores from all institutions attended in pursuit of applicant's current degree must be factored into the overall GPA.
5. Applicant must be a first time Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship recipient.
Undergraduate recipients are ineligible for the graduate scholarship award.
Criteria for Selection
1. Scholastic proficiency
2. Evidence of leadership
3. School, community, professional activity/service
4. Character attributes
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 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.
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.
Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines: Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc. Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc. Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc. Literary-poetry, short stories, etc. Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc. There are two options in applying for funding: I. Grants under $500.00 No deadline for application-requests will be reviewed case-by-case Complete Sections A and C of the application II. Grants up to $2,500.00 awarded semi-annually A budget or documentation of expenses must be submitted with the application. Money may be used for workshops, materials, study with a mentor, course enrollment, mileage, lost wages
Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in professional dance. 2. Must be a graduate or undergraduate student. 3. Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.pgfusa.com/ for more information and an application form.
Established to benefit a student studying the arts.Eligibility: Chosen field of study is the arts: art, music, theater, dance; involved in a Community Theater production with a current NIETF Theater.Deadline: June 15thApplication: Available on NIETF website www.nwindianatheatre.org
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).
College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance For music majors, carrying at least 12 units and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
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