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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.

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

New Theatre Guild Scholarship Endowment Fund

Established to promote and provide scholarships at institutions of higher learning for education related to theatrical arts industry in the greater Kansas City metro area.Eligibility:Offers scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate student levels.

Kelly Ann Garcia Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts

PURPOSE The Kelly Ann Garcia Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts was established for the purpose of providing financial assistance to students who personify spirit and potential in the performing arts with an emphasis on voice. The scholarship was established to assist seniors planning to major in vocal music at an accredited college or university, and to provide financial assistance, to vocal music students entering their junior and senior years, in attending music camps, academies, or musical tours. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS Scholarship applications can be obtained from CAPS High School counselors, or the Cadillac Area Community Foundation. Two reference letters must accompany the applications, with one preferably from someone currently in the field of vocal music. The reference letters must be completed by someone other than a family member. Also, if applying for vocal camp, academies, or tours, the student MUST attach copies of brochures or registration forms showing the event he/she wishes to attend. From the Application deadline date, please allow approximately 30 days to receive a written response as to the status of your Application. Those Scholarship Applications that are approved are eligible to receive their scholarship immediately upon written request to the Executive Director of the Cadillac Area Community Foundation during the calendar year in which the Scholarship is awarded. ELIGIBILITY, SELECTION CRITERIA, & USE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS Scholarships shall be awarded based on selections and recommendations by the Scholarship Advisory Committee to the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Fellowships for Graduate Study Any academic discipline or professional field, including the Fine and Performing Arts Up to two years $20,000 annually in maintenance Half-tuition wherever the recipient attends Any accredited university in the United States Looking for leaders who can give evidence of creativity, accomplishment, and commitment to the U.S. Constitution; and for whom graduate education is relevant to their long-term career goals. Eligibility: Senior in a bachelor's program; no more than two years already in a graduate program. No more than 30 years old as of November 30. Status as a New American Holder of a Green Card Naturalized Citizen Child of Two Naturalized Citizen Parents

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

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.

$100,000 College Tuition Scholarship

We are the corporate offices of the Barbizon Modeling and Acting Centers. Every other year, we award one person a full tuition college scholarship valued up to $100,000. We pay directly to the college for the tuition. To date, we have awarded over $1M in scholarships. Visit: www.barbizonmodeling.com/scholarships for more info. We would like to post this on your site so that people have the opportunity to enter. No purchase necessary. It is a random drawing.

Edward A. and Shirley B. Livi Scholarship

For residents of Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties who are pursuing fine or performing arts beyond their freshman year. One $500 award was made in previous year.

FAITA Annual Awards

FAITA presents an annual award ceremony recognizing outstanding achievement, performances and contribution by and to the Native American Indian entertainment community.Annual Awards * Serving as the principal fund-raiser for FAITA, awarded to students pursuing careers in the area of film, television, theater and music.

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