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Young Masters Grant Opportunity for Texas 8th-11th Grade ArtsStudents
The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust

August, 2015

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Cultural Trust are accepting applications for the 2016 class of Young Masters, a joint initiative that provides exemplary Texas-based arts students in grades 8-11 with the financial help they need to pursue advanced study in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, and media arts.


The state’s most talented young artists will receive the title of “Young Master” and are awarded grants of $5,000 per year to further their studies in their chosen arts disciplines. Students are eligible to receive the grant for two years, but they must submit a report and update application. The students selected for this program will represent the eighth class of Young Masters. The Trust and TCA have given 243 grants to 104 previous Young Masters, awarding $607,500 to aspiring artists since its inception in 2002.


“The Young Masters grant program was created as a way to recognize and support young people pursuing the dream of becoming prominent Texan artists of the next generation,” said TCA Executive Director Gary Gibbs. “We look forward to receiving applications from candidates who are already demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, talent and dedication to developing their knowledge in their chosen discipline.”


Applications, information and guidelines are available online at Applications and required supporting materials must be postmarked by November 16, 2015. In order to be considered for the grant, students must be legal U.S. residents living in Texas and participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, or a specialized course of study or receiving private lessons from a qualified professional instructor. They must also maintain passing grades in all academic areas. The Young Masters will be selected by a citizen panel of experts from across the state based on artistic excellence, level of commitment and quality of their proposed plan of study. Disbursement for this class of Young Masters will begin in the spring of 2016. The 2016 Young Masters recipients will be honored at a star-studded event on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Austin, Texas.


“The Texas Cultural Trust is honored to be able to support the next generation of young Texas talent,” said Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director, Jennifer Ransom Rice. “We are thrilled to enable these Young Masters to continue their artistic education and foster their creative training. This program opens doors to opportunities never imagined for these young artists.”


The Young Masters program is made possible through the generous support of the contributors listed below.


Sponsors: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch Companies, GMC, Texas Monthly, BNSF Railway Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, HEB, The Texas Tribune, Texas Women for the Arts


Founders: AT&T Foundation, Anheuser Busch Foundation, Applied Materials, Burlington Northern, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Mrs. W.D. Noel, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, and Raytheon


About the Texas Commission on the Arts

TCA was organized in 1965 by the Texas Legislature to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please


About the Texas Cultural Trust

Established in 1995, the Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, integrate, and illuminate the arts in Texas. Their goal is to provide leadership to promote and highlight the importance of the arts in educating our children and sustaining our vibrant Texas economy. Supporting the arts ensures Texas’ cultural and economic advantage for the future. For more information please visit


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