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If you can act, sing and dance, and want to study the performing arts at tertiary level, the ACT Dalro Performing Arts Scholarships are just the ticket.
TALENTED young artists could get their studies sponsored through the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), which has opened applications for its Performing Arts Scholarships.

Applications close on 31 May. Two scholarships will be awarded that will cover the costs of undergraduate study at any accredited tertiary institution in South Africa.

The Performing Arts Scholarships for 2011 are sponsored by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (Dalro) and Nedbank. The grants are aimed at Grade 12 learners who want to continue their studies in the performing arts. But people between 18 and 25, who are not considered to be professional and who are not registered for an undergraduate course this year, can also apply.

“ACT will once again award two scholarships to the value of R105 000 each through the programme in 2011,” says Nomalanga Nkosi, the ACT programmes manager.

Participants have to prove they can act, sing and dance – and have exceptional talent in at least one.

“Regional rounds will be held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and a national round will take place in Grahamstown during the South African National Schools Festival,” she adds.

After these rounds of performances, shortlisted applicants will be brought to Joburg to perform all three disciplines in a show entitled Magic in the Making. This takes place in front of a live audience comprising several judges. They will award the scholarships to the two best candidates.

In turn, the winners will be able to register in their choice of performing arts course at any accredited tertiary institution in the country.

The primary aim of ACT is to increase funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society.

The first Magic in the Making took place in 2009 with the inaugural ACT Dalro Performing Arts Scholarship. In 2010, Nedbank joined the team and the combined value of the scholarships was raised to R210 000.

Rules of the competition, guidelines for performance preparation and the registration forms are available online.

Shortlisted candidates must be available for the final round of judging, which will take place in Johannesburg from 22 to 27 September. The ACT will cover their travel and accommodation costs.
Zola Myeza and Hope Maimane won the grants in 2010.

The ACT is funded by the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme. Donations made to the programme are made by Nedbank clients. The trust is an independent arts and culture funding and development agency. It was originally endorsed by Nelson Mandela, who served as a patron-in-chief till 1999. During that time, it was referred to as the Arts and Culture Trust of the President. The present patron is the playwright, Athol Fugard.

For more information contact the ACT office on 011 712 8403 or send an email to deidre@act.org.za.

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