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Call for Applications: ACT Nyoloha Scholarships Programme 2024

The ACT Nyoloha Training Programme is a development-focused opportunity, designed to increase employability through the enhancement of sector-related knowledge and skills. Priority will be given to 17-25 youth who do not wish to pursue a formal qualification in the performing/creative sector but are currently and actively pursuing careers in performing/creative disciplines.

Artists between ages 17-25 who qualify for tertiary study and are eager for an opportunity to receive discipline-focused training and mentorship are invited to apply! Training is worth R10 000 p/p and participants stand a chance to win a 1 of 2 scholarship prize valued at R300 000.

About Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development non-profit organisation. 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 educa... continue reading

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ACT Nyoloha Scholarships Programme

Application Deadline05 Apr 2024
Country to studySouth Africa
SponsorArts & Culture Trust (ACT)
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of ACT Nyoloha Scholarships Programme

2024 ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme

  • Successful programme participants will participate in bi-weekly workshops from 8 June – 17 August 2024.
  • Scholarships finals week will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from 23 – 27 September 2024.
  • ACT will cover finalists’ meals, travel and accommodation costs during the finals week.
  • The final programme exhibition event and gala night will take place on 26 & 28 September 2024 respectively. At the Gala Night, the scholarship winners announcements will take place.
  • Scholarships may only be utilised for Digital/Performing/Visual Arts studies at a South African tertiary or ACT accredited institution. Winners may only choose an institution from the institution list on the website.

Requirements for ACT Nyoloha Scholarships Programme Qualification

Individuals who are:

  1. Between the ages of 17 – 25 years old.
  2. Currently in Grade 12 OR have university exemption.
  3. Need financial assistance to pursue a qualification in performing or visual arts as a South African tertiary/accredited institution, for studies commencing in 2025.
  4. Not currently registered at a tertiary institution/accredited institution for the 2024 academic year.
  5. Do not have an existing tertiary qualification in an arts/creative discipline from a South African tertiary/accredited institution.
  6. Not considered a professional artist – (have specialized training/and or employed full time in their artistic discipline)
  7. Not a 2023 ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme participant or finalist.
  8. Willing and able to commit to the 6-month duration of the programme.
  9. A South African citizen.

Interview date, Process and Venue for ACT Nyoloha Scholarships Programme

Performing Arts (Singing, Dance and Acting)

If applying for the performing arts discipline, please submit a 2 minute video performing in your selected discipline.

(a) Preparation for video submission (singing):

  • Prepare a song of your choice, in any genre, that best showcases your vocal range, technique and overall talent. You may use a backtrack or instruments as back-up.

(b) Preparation for video submission (dance):

  • Prepare a dance/movement piece of your choice, which best showcases your range and talent.

(c) Preparation for video submission (theatre/acting)

  • Prepare a monologue, from Addendum 2, which best showcases your acting range and talent. .
  • Please DO NOT use your own material.
  • Make sure to film in a room with good lighting and a plain background.
  • Ensure to use landscape/horizontal mode.
  • Avoid places with any background noise and do not do your audition in the bathroom or any place where the sound will echo.
  • No parents/legal guardian or teachers are allowed participation in the audition video.
  • Use minimal props for your audition video. You may use a table and chair, and musical instruments (for singing recordings) as part of your props.

Digital/Visual Arts

If applying for the digital/visual arts discipline, please submit the following:

(a) Four different and original pieces of work:

  • 1x portrait
  • 1x landscape
  • 2x original artworks.

(b) The submission must also include:

  • A short bio of 70<100 words.
  • A short artist statement of 70<100 words, detailing reason of creation of artworks in the format and style.

Documents Required for Application

Applicants will be asked to attach the following to their application form:

  1. ID Copy (front & back)
  2. Previous semester/last academic results
  3. Signed consent form, which can be downloaded here.
  4. Headshot
  5. 1 x Video (Performing Arts) OR 4 x Portfolio pictures (Visual Arts)

Application Deadline

April 5, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) on to apply

For more details, visit ACT website.

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