Casting Calls

Arts: Call for Performing Arts Scholarships Registrations


Grade 12 learners and first-and-second-year Acting, Singing, Dance and Musical Theatre students are invited to register to audition. 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 fourteen scholarships ranging from R30 000 to R150 000 will be awarded during 2016.

Performing Arts Scholarships Finalists 2015

Performing Arts Scholarships Finalists 2015 (Picture by Debbie Yazbek)

Established by DALRO and Nedbank in 2009, the programme has awarded more than R1,5 million to fifteen 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.

Carla Smith - R150 000 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient 2015 (Picture by Debbie Yazbek)

Carla Smith – R150 000 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient 2015 (Picture by Debbie Yazbek)

Auditions will be hosted nationally from June through to August:

  • Durban: 22 – 25 June
  • Cape Town: 27- 30 June
  • Port Elizabeth: 1 & 2 July
  • Potchefstroom 11 July
  • Bloemfontein 12 July
  • Kimberley 13 July
  • Witbank 22 July
  • Polokwane 23 July
  • Pretoria 5 – 7 August
  • Johannesburg 8 – 10 August

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 3 to 10 October for the final round to be hosted by the iconic Market Theatre in Johannesburg.

Caleb Heynes - R105 000 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient (Picture - Debbie Yazbek)

Caleb Heynes – R105 000 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient 2015 (Picture by Debbie Yazbek)

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.

Andiswa Mbolekwa - R60 000 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient (Picture by Debbie Yazbek)

Andiswa Mbolekwa – R60 000 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipient 2015 (Picture by Debbie Yazbek)

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

Click here for more information and to register.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Follow ACT on Twitterat or like the Trust’s Facebook page.

The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act and regulations guide the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable, and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa’s development.

The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) is a multi-purpose copyright society established in 1967 which administers various aspects of copyright on behalf of authors, artists and publishers. We provide the link between Rights Holders and the Licensees who use their works. DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (from published editions), public performance rights (musicals, plays & poetry) and reproduction rights (granted for both publishing and copying) in works of visual art. DALRO has mandating agreements with local and foreign authors, agents and publishers and a number of foreign bilateral agreements. This guarantees our clients have access to a vast repertoire of copyright works. Click here for more information. 

Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed nearly R15 million through our Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to our clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111. For more information please click here

The Market Theatre, Based in Johannesburg’s vibrant Newtown Precinct, was established in 1976 to operate as an independent, non-racial playhouse during the country’s apartheid regime. The theatre is renowned world-wide for brilliant anti-apartheid productions as well as the premieres of many of Athol Fugard’s award-winning dramas. The Market Theatre’s history is intertwined with the cultural, social and political struggle for freedom in South Africa. The Market Theatre’s ethos stems from a long line of developmental work through its performing art school, the Market Theatre Lab, and the establishment proudly supports the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme for the first time in 2015. Click here for more information.

Published by Pieter Jacobs. Posted in Arts Education, Arts Funding, Live Performance


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