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Saturday, January 30, 2016


Deadline: May 31 2016

Grade 12 learners and first-and-second-year Acting, Singing, Dance and Musical Theatre students are invited to register to audition for the Performing Arts Scholarships presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT).

Sponsored by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, more than 14 scholarships ranging from R30,000 to R150,000 will be awarded during 2016.

Established by DALRO and Nedbank in 2009, the programme has awarded more than R1,5 million to 15 recipients. “For many, access to quality education is a very real challenge and the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) extends a heartfelt thanks to our partners for playing such a valuable role in improving the lives of young people,” says ACT Chief Executive, Pieter Jacobs.

Auditions will be hosted in Durban from June 22 to 25.

Grade 12 learners will be required to prepare a range of performance material including prescribed and own-choice monologues, a dance number and song. Winners will be at liberty to choose any undergraduate performing arts course at an accredited South African tertiary institution of their choice. While candidates will be assessed on their competency in three disciplines, learners who demonstrate exceptional potential in one of the disciplines also stand a chance to win an Acting, Singing or Dance scholarship. Grade 12 finalists must be available from October 3 to 10 for the final round to be hosted by the iconic Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

Registration closes on May 31, 2016. ACT is unable to accept any late registrations. For more information and to register visit

(This information is published in full on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see