The Texas Commission on the Arts is announcing an opportunity for the state's most talented arts students. The Young Masters program offers $10,000 awards ($5,000 per year for two years) for the pursuit of advanced study, before college, to 8-11 grade artists and performers. Applications are being accepted in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, folk and traditional arts, and media.

In order to be considered for the grant, students must be participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, a specialized course of study, or 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. Young Masters is a joint initiative of the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust.

Past Young Masters have used the grant to attend summer programs at Juilliard, Interlochen, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey School of Ballet, LINES Contemporary Dance, Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, Digital Media Academy, California State Summer School for the Arts, Tanglewood, Perlman Music Program, Aspen Music Festival, Broadway Theatre Project, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, and Maryland Institute College of Art among others.

Applications and required supporting materials must be submitted online by 11:59 CDT November 15, 2019. Applications, information and guidelines are available online at