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Performing Arts Scholarships

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.

Henry and Chiyo Kuwahara Creative Arts Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This scholarship was established to encourage creative projects that reflect the Japanese American experience and culture. All technical work of the applicant should be of the university level. Professional artists are not eligible to apply for this award.

James Brasington Theater Scholarship

Established as a memorial to James by family, friends, andcommunity.Eligibility: Graduating senior or past graduate of a high school within a thirty mile radius of Marshfield or within the Marshfield Area Community Foundation’s geographic service area.Applicant must be majoring in or intend to major in theater arts.The scholarship is renewable.Application: Applications are available from the MarshfieldArea Community Foundation. A special scholarship committeewill review applications.

Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS)

1. If you are enrolled in high school, you must be a senior. 2. If you are not enrolled in high school (whether you are enrolled in college, are a high school graduate not enrolled in college, or an individual not completing high school), you must be 17 or 18 years old on December 1. 3. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or of its official territories unless applying in Jazz. ARTS is a national program designed to identify, recognize and encourage talented high school seniors and other young artists 17 or 18 years of age in the areas of Dance, Music/Instrumental, Music/Jazz, Music/Voice, Theater, Photography, Film and Video, Visual Arts, and Writing. The ARTS program recognizes these young people with the following opportunities to let their talents shine: ARTS Week - An all-expenses-paid week in Miami in January consisting of master classes, workshops, discussions, performances, exhibitions and interaction between 125 young artists and panels of distinguished artists. An evaluation of each artist's work by experts in the field. Scholarships - Access to scholarships offered by NFAA's Scholarship List Service subscribers. Unrestricted cash grants from $100-$3,000 each. Nominations to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. NFAA's ongoing support of its alumni through various internships and career advancement programs. The ARTS program is sanctioned by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Other Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

Music Scholarships, Nickels for Notes

Senior in a Massachusetts high school. Competitve scholarships of $800 for major in piano, instrument, music education or music therapy.

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.

Heath Ledger Scholarship Fund

The fund provides financial aid for Australian actors to help them pursue a career in Hollywood. The scholarship will help cover the costs of acting classes and rent.

Dorothy Kaucher Fellowship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Television, Radio, Film & Theater For excellence in oral interpretation or storytelling.

Berneice Prisk Costume Award

Humanities & the Arts - Television, Radio, Film & Theater For excellence in theatrical costuming.

Artistic Scholarships

A small number of scholarships are awarded to entering freshmen who show exceptional promise in music or studio art.

Lindsay Donadio Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by Lindsay’s loving family after a tragic automobile accident in 2007. Lindsay loved humor and making people laugh, and she was passionate about life and vocal music. She loved to perform, sing and dance. Lindsay’s spirit is kept alive through this scholarship for a student pursuing a career in the performing arts.

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