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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.

The Anthony Quinn Foundation

About the Anthony Quinn Scholarship Program Organized as a vehicle to perpetuate Anthony Quinn’s vision for an art conscious society, the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program raises and distributes funds for arts education. The Scholarship Program focuses on the Visual Arts & Design, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Literary Arts for young adults in high school. Scholarship recipients can apply Foundation funds to any recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program. Funds awarded will be sent directly to the pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program designated by the student. The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship cannot be used for secondary school or college tuition. Criteria The Scholarship Program is for young adults in high school who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication with a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and who will benefit verifiably from financial support. The Foundation makes an effort to distribute the funds evenly across the fields of focus: Visual Arts & Design, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Literary Arts. Scholarships are awarded competitively. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges in order to select scholarship recipients. Judges are practicing artists, arts educators, and experts in the various fields of focus, completely independent from the Foundation’s Board/staff, and geographically dispersed throughout the United States. Additional information may be sought directly from the applicant. How to apply for funding The Anthony Quinn Scholarship Program and is for young adults in high school for use towards a recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program which emphasizes study in the following areas: Visual Arts & Design Performing Arts Media Arts Literary Arts Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000. The applicant and the nominator (a teacher, advisor, or other adult outside the applicant’s family) will work on the application together and will provide by the deadline a completed Application Form. To nominate a student, please fill out an Application Form.

Austin Yeatman Technical Theatre Scholarship

The Yeatman scholarship is for a student studying technical theatre in college. The scholarship is determined by application only—no audition at the Thespian Festival is required.

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

Susie Qimmiqsak Bevins Endowment Scholarship Fund

Established in 1990 through the CIRI Golf Classic in appreciation of Ms. Bevins, a renowned Inupiat artist and proponent of Alaska Native heritage preservation. General semester scholarships are available for post-secondary visual, performing and literary arts students.

Chicago Musical Arts Club Scholarship

Description: The Chicago Musical Arts Club Fund provides a scholarship each year to a student or students nominated in alternating years by the Merit Music School and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Eligibility: Students at Merit Music School or the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

HSF/McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant Project

Program Description:The HSF/ McNamara Family Foundation Creative Arts Project Grant is designed to provide financial resources to outstanding Latino undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a creative arts related field: media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, etc. This grant is only intended to assist students in beginning and completing an art project. Students may be potentially eligible for grants up to $15,000. Eligibility Requirements: * Be of Hispanic heritage * Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired) * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale * Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands the upcoming academic year * Be majoring in the Arts, including but not limited to media, film, performing arts, communications or writing * Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Get Showcasd Performing Arts Scholarship

The Get Showcasd Performing Arts Scholarship is for any and all performing artists. Just answer this question: How have the performing arts impacted your life? You may submit videos, audio files, photos, documents, or typed text. The winners will be chosen based on creativity, originality, and the quality of their answer. For more information, please see the website.

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).

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.

The Charles Lampkin Award

To the junior or senior African-American student who has demonstrated excellence and commitment to performance in television, theatre, music, or dance.

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