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Friday, March 25, 2016


Deadline: May 31, 2016

Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, the 2016 Scholarships Programme presented by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is aimed at young performers in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts as well as students in their first and second year dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre studies.

Grade 12 learners and first-and-second-year Dramatic Arts, Singing, Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre students are invited to register to audition.

More than 14 scholarships ranging from R30,000 to R150,000 will be awarded during 2016.

Since inception of the programme in 2009 more than R1,5 million has been awarded to 15 recipients.

“For many, access to quality education is a very real challenge and ACT extends a heartfelt thanks to our partners for playing such a valuable role in improving the lives of young people,” says the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Chief Executive, Pieter Jacobs.

Auditions will be hosted nationally from June through to August. Durban auditions will take place 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 stands 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.

First-and-second-year students will be required to showcase more than one own-choice performance number in the discipline they are already mastering at an accredited South African tertiary institution. “We felt that performing an appropriate selection of material that best showcases a student’s talent is as important as having potential to make it in the very competitive performing arts industry in South Africa,” says Jacobs. Student finalists must be available every Thursday during September for regional rounds of which the details will be announced in August.

Registration closes on May 31, 2016. ACT is unable to accept any late registrations.

For more information and to register visit