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Friday, April 3, 2015


Deadline: May 31, 2015

The dream of winning a Performing Arts Scholarship from the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) can become a reality for three young performers in 2015.

In partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity – ACT, South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, presents the 7th annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme.

This premium arts tuition competition is open to Grade 12 learners and individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are not considered professionals and wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts.

These individuals are encouraged to register for participation in the regional round of nationwide auditions. To afford this opportunity to as many aspirants as possible, auditions will be held in nine regions, with the KZN auditions taking place on June 30 and July 1.

“We are thrilled by the growing interest and participation of extremely talented aspiring performing artists over the past few years and we are delighted that for the first time since the programme’s inception in 2009 ACT will be hosting auditions nationally,” said Pieter Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of ACT.

Participants will be put through their paces, showcasing their talents in acting, singing and dancing with an exceptional talent in at least one of these disciplines. In addition to preparing the prescribed performances, contestants will also have the opportunity to perform a monologue of their own choice.

In previous years the finals have been judged by industry greats and experts such as; Gregory Maqoma, Kim Cloete, Nthati Moshesh, Bryan Schimmel, Anton Luitingh, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Jennis Williamson. This year’s national search will be judged by ACT’s Pieter Jacobs and Deidré Schoeman.

“Once again, DALRO is incredibly proud to be associated with this prestigious programme. Our Performing Arts industries are dependent on those who operate within it, to grow and stimulate it. We urge anyone who is capable of acting, dancing and singing to register for this year’s ACT | DALRO | NEDBANK Performing Arts Scholarships programme,” said André Cloete, Supervisor for Theatrical Rights at DALRO.

To date, since its inception six years ago, the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme has awarded 12 scholarships to the total value of R1,260,000. This year, another three scholarships (R150,000, R105,000 and R60,000) totalling the value of R315,000 will be awarded to the top three performers.

“Our continued commitment to the arts and cultural heritage of our country stems from the Nedbank’s aspirations of leading transformation and enabling a community of leaders who are as highly involved in the communities we serve. We believe that our on-going funding of the scholarship programme will contribute towards the creation of a more cohesive and thriving society. A society committed to making things that really matter happen,” said Nkosinathi Msiza, Senior Manager for Brand Communications at Nedbank.

Finalists must be available for the final round from October 6 to 12 in Johannesburg where winners will be announced and awarded the scholarships at the finale. The recipients will be at liberty to select their preferred performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

Registrations for the Scholarships Programme are open until May 31 2015.

ACT acknowledges support from the following organisations as regional partners: University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); Port Elizabeth Opera House (PEOH); Market Theatre; Mayibuye Arts Centre; University of the Free State’s Scaena Theatre; Witbank Civic Theatre; Artéma Instituut vir Kunstebestuur en Ontwikkeling.

For more information on previous winners, finalists, guidelines and registration, visit; email or contact the ACT office on 011 712 8403.