The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust are accepting applications for the 2022 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, folk arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, and media arts. The state’s most talented young artists will receive the title of “Young Master” and will be 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 eleventh class of Young Masters. To date, the Trust and TCA have named 169 Young Masters, awarding over $1,000,000 to these aspiring artists since the program’s inception in 2002.
Applications, information and guidelines are available online here. Not sure where to start? Check out our FAQ. Applications and required supporting materials must be submitted by November 15, 2021. In order to be considered for the grant, students must be legal US residents living in Texas and participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, private lessons from a qualified professional instructor, or a specialized course of study. 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 2022.