Arts and Culture Trust (ACT)Scholarship 2022 – 2023

Great news for any students involved with performing and Visual Arts!

The Arts and Culture Trust is now inviting students to apply for its scholarship program.

If you are a student that is currently looking to or currently involved with arts and culture in any way then this might be your next step.

If you can definitely see yourself applying and benefiting from the scholarship program then we highly recommend that you apply.

Below is a breakdown of exactly how to go about this and how the scholarship works.

Let’s get started with the next step in your journey!

Closing Date

The ACT Scholarship program will be closing its application acceptance on 22 May 2022.

So please make sure that you have submitted your application and any requested supporting documents before this date.

If you don’t, your application will not be accepted by the Trust and it will be disqualified from the selection process.

What is The ACT Scholarship?

The Scholarship will cater to the following art disciplines:

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts

Here’s a breakdown of how the audition process works:

  • Interviews and auditions will take place in May and June 2022, via Zoom – successful candidates will be notified of their slot.
  • Candidates who pass the initial auditions must be aware of the following dates:
  • Bi-weekly activities, including all exercises, will be hosted from June to September 2022 (final dates will be sent to successful ACT  Scholarship candidates).
  • The Scholarship finals week will take place between 3 and 7 October 2022, in Sun City, North West. The finals week includes a variety of training, talks, and performances ending in a showcase on 8 October 2022, including the final adjudication. All meals, travel, and accommodation costs will be covered by ACT for this week.
  • The final adjudication and gala performance will be held on 8 October 2022 – winner/s will also be announced on the same day.
  • What candidates need to prepare before auditions:
    • Music candidates will be required to prepare 2 songs in any genre, that best convey their vocal range, technique, and overall skill (songs should be a maximum of 2 minutes each).
    • Dance candidates will be required to prepare 2 movement pieces, which best show their skill and talent (their performances should be a maximum of 2 minutes each).
    • Theatre/ Performance candidates will need to prepare 2 monologues, which best show their range and performing talent – after registering, candidates will be sent a link with a list of suggested monologues (monologues should be a maximum of 2 minutes each).
    • Visual Art candidates will need to submit their image portfolio (4 different, original pieces of work – 1 image per work) and a motivational letter.
    • Parents, guardians, or teachers are NOT allowed to participate in the audition/ interview.
    • Candidates must use very few props for their audition/ interview (a table and chair can be used as a prop).
  • Costume changes are NOT allowed during the candidate’s audition.
  • Once the audition is over, candidates will take part in a QNA session (the entire audition session could last for a total of 30 minutes).

Who Can Apply

The ACT Scholarship is open to any student involved in the art disciples mentioned above.

However, they will still need to meet the following requirements to be considered ideal applicants:

  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must fall into either of the following categories:
    • a) You must be in Grade 11 or Grade 12 and have a university exemption.
    • b) You must have completed Matric with university exemption, not be registered at a tertiary institution, not be considered to be a professional performing artist, and be between 17 and 25 years old
    • c) You must be in financial need and unable to afford your studies.
  • Applicants must intend on studying towards a degree in one of the art disciplines mentioned above.
  • Applicants must be or intend on studying at a recognized and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa, preferably one of the following institutions: the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg Campus), North-West University, University of the Free State, Rhodes University, Tshwane University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, The Rainbow Academy, Moving into Dance Mophatong, AFDA (the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance), City Varsity (School of Media and Creative Arts), Waterfront Theatre School, Market Theatre Laboratory, Sibikwa Arts Centre, Oakfields College, Ehlanzeni Arts Academy from Mbombela (Mpumalanga), Campus of Performing Arts (COPA).
  • Applicants must have parental or guardian consent if they are under the age of 18 years old and pay a registration fee of R100.

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

The ACT Scholarship will provide financial cover for a candidate’s higher education fees.

The extent of this has not been revealed publicly and will be disclosed to successful candidates at the Trust’s discretion.

How To Apply

Applications are quite easy, all you have to do is complete and submit the online application form here.

Make sure that you have first read and agreed to the scholarship’s terms and conditions before proceeding.

You will also need to have the following support documents at the ready:

  • A certified copy of your ID.
  • A clear photograph or headshot.
  • A signed ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Consent Form  – by a parent or guardian if you are under 18 years old.
  • Proof of payment for the R100 registration fee (ACT’s banking details).
  • Latest academic results.
  • A short paragraph on your artistic background (between 50 to 100 words).
  • A short paragraph on your experience in the arts so far (between 50 to 100 words).
  • A short paragraph that outlines your goals and why you want to pursue further studies in the arts (between 50 to 100 words).
  • Visual Art applicants only: images for your portfolio submission (4 different, original pieces of work – 1 image per work. Images must be clear, and in pdf format). You will also need to provide a motivational letter that covers: details about yourself, why you think you are an ideal candidate, and why you chose visual arts.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns related to the ACT Scholarship, then you can contact the organization directly through the following means:

Email: palesa@act.org.za

Good luck with your application!

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