November 15 Deadline for 2020 Texas Commission on the Arts’ + Texas Cultural Trust’s Young Masters Grant Program
The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust are accepting applications for the 2020 class of Young Masters, a joint initiative that provides exemplary Texas-based arts students in grades 8-11 with the financial help they need to pursue advanced study in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, folk arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, and media arts.
The state's most talented young artists will receive the title of "Young Master" and will be awarded grants of $5,000 per year to further their studies in their chosen arts disciplines. Students are eligible to receive the grant for two years, but they must submit a report and update application. The students selected for this program will represent the tenth class of Young Masters. To date, the Trust and TCA have named 154 Young Masters, awarding almost $1 million to these aspiring artists since the program's inception in 2002.
- Applications, information and guidelines are available online here.
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Applications and required supporting materials must be submitted by November 15, 2019. In order to be considered for the grant, students must be legal U.S. residents living in Texas and participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, a specialized course of study, or private lessons from a qualified professional instructor. They must also maintain passing grades in all academic areas. The Young Masters will be selected by a citizen panel of experts from across the state based on artistic excellence, level of commitment and quality of their proposed plan of study. Disbursement for this class of Young Masters will begin in the spring of 2020. The 2020 Young Masters recipients will be honored at a star-studded event on Monday, April 20, 2020 at ZACH Theatre in Austin.