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.

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.

Whitney Arcee Foundation

The foundations primary interests are education, social services, humanities, and the arts in MN. Applications are also accepted from individuals pursuing college or graduate school degrees or considering a religious career, and are in need of scholarship, fellowship, or loan assistance; fine arts and performing arts will also be considered.

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.

Berneice Prisk Costume Award

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

Jackson, Janet /Rhythm Nation Scholarship

Eligible Majors: Communications, Art, Music, English, Performing Arts Eligible Schools: Barber-Scotia College, Benedict College, Bennett College for Women, Bethune-Cookman College, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, Florida Memorial College, Huston-Tillotson University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jarvis Christian College, Johnson C. Smith University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Livingstone College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Morris College, Oakwood College, Paine College, Paul Quinn College, Philander Smith College, Rust College, Saint Augustines College, Saint Pauls College, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Wilberforce University, Wiley College, Xavier University, Texas College Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Performing artist Janet Jackson created this scholarship from the proceeds of her Rhythm Nation Tour. Awards are made annually and may be used for tuition costs, room and board, or to repay federal student loans. Donor/Sponsor Name: Janet Jackson

Harold C. Crain Memorial Fund for the Harold C. Crain Award in Playwriting

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Television, Radio, Film & Theater For excellence in playwriting.

Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, The

Criteria: 1. Must plan on pursuing a graduate degree in art, dance, design, music or theater. 2. Must receive a bachelors degree before receiving the scholarship. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Bob and Marti Fowler/Practical Theater Scholarship

For a student pursuing an education major in theatre in college.

Vi Wheeler Scholarships

The Anaheim Arts Council (AAC) announces its Vi Wheeler Art Scholarships. Eligible to apply for this award are high school seniors with at least a 2.0 total GPA, residents of Anaheim, and who will enroll in a program of study in visual arts or performing arts. Awards of $1,000 each will be presented to two talented students to apply toward their tuition for education in the arts. Upon notification of enrollment in a visual art or performing arts program, the Anaheim Arts Council will forward two checks for $1,000 each on behalf of the winners. Applicants must submit at least 5 examples of their best and original work (two-dimensional or three-dimensional) on CD, DVD, slides.

Robert L. Johnson/Hector S. Cruz Scholarship

Four-year, $2,000 scholarship for acting or technical theatre. Details and application forms are available through Thespian troupe directors beginning in February.

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