Deadline: November 15 , 2017 will be the next deadline for this program.

Follow this link to sign up for notifications about this program.

 

The 2015 materials will be updated prior to the next deadline:

  • Look at the Application Review Criteria when filling out your application. The evaluation panel will use these to score your application.
  • Make sure to give your Arts Mentor time before the deadline to write a recommendation letter and have them review your audiovisual material.
  • Send the application and attachments together in one package that can be tracked.
  • Proof your application for typos and clarity.
  • Double check that your audiovisual can be viewed or opened on different players.
Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?
What is eligible?
What is ineligible?
When is the deadline?

Where do I send the application?
Are faxed applications accepted?
Are emailed applications accepted?
Are hand written applications accepted?
Can I attach additional pages to the application?
What period of time does this program cover?
When will I be notified?
Can this be for artistic study outside of the United States?
What if I don’t get accepted into the training program I am applying to?
What if I plan on attending multiple training programs?
What is an Arts Mentor?
What if I have more than one Arts Mentor?
What should my Arts Mentor write in their letter of recommendation?
Can I pick more than one discipline (like visual arts and literature)?
What kind of audiovisual material should I include?
What is the selection process?
How many will be selected?
What are the requirements if selected as a Young Master?
What have prior classes done?
Who do I contact with questions?
How can I help promote this opportunity?

Who is eligible?
8th through 11th grade students who are legal U.S. and Texas residents, who maintain passing grades and who currently participate in an arts program.

What is eligible?
Structured classes or programs in TCA approved artistic disciplines. If unclear on approved artistic disciplines, contact TCA.

What is ineligible?

  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No fashion or interior design
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • No juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, or baton twirling.

When is the deadline?
The deadline is POSTMARKED by November 16, 2015. Applications are accepted by November 15th of odd-numbered years. If the deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the postmark deadline will be the following Monday.

Where do I send the application?
Young Masters
Texas Commission on the Arts
920 Colorado, 5th floor
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-5535
Email:ym@arts.texas.gov

(If you email your application you need to request return receipt and keep your confirmation.)

Are faxed applications accepted?
No.

Are emailed applications accepted?
Yes. Applications can be emailed to
ym@arts.texas.gov
If you email your application you need to request return receipt and keep your confirmation.

Are hand written applications accepted?
No.

Can I attach additional pages to the application?
No.

What period of time does this program cover?
May 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016 for the first year. Support may be for up to two years and recipients must submit a plan for study annually.

When will I be notified?
By April 1, 2016. Do not call or email about your application status before then.

Can this be for artistic study outside of the United States?
Yes, if it is a unique opportunity not available in the U.S.

What if I don’t get accepted into the training program I am applying to?
You will have the opportunity to revise your application based on your final summer plans.

What if I plan on attending multiple training programs?
Fill out only one Young Masters application. Indicate your first choice training program for the review process, but speak to all credible programs in the narrative.

What is an Arts Mentor?
Your high school art teacher, your private arts teacher, or an arts professional you have a tutorial relationship with and who can advise you on your artistic development. Please note your parent should not be your arts mentor.

What if I have more than one Arts Mentor?
Choose a primary arts mentor whose artistic training relates to the proposed training program.

What should my Arts Mentor write in their letter of recommendation?
They should include their history with the student, the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and their opinion of the student’s future career in the arts.

Can I pick more than one discipline (like visual arts and literature)?
No. If you do not pick a primary arts discipline, one will be assigned based on your audiovisual material submitted.

What kind of audiovisual material should I include?
See the detailed list under audiovisual material that pertains to your artistic discipline. All materials are due by the application postmark deadline.

What is the selection process?
Eligible applications are reviewed during an evaluation panel meeting. The Commission makes final funding decisions on applications.

How many will be selected?
There is no set number of recipients. Applications are not ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd, but are chosen based on a standard of excellence.

What are the requirements if selected as a Young Master?

  • Travel to Austin for a one day orientation in April (travel expenses will be reimbursed according to the State of Texas travel rules)
  • Keep the Texas Commission on the Arts apprised of your progress in your arts training.
  • Consent to be highlighted in the press or media to publicize the Young Masters Program, the Texas Commission on the Arts, or the Texas Cultural Trust.
  • Maintain passing academic grades in your school.
  • Serve as a public role model for the Young Masters Program and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
  • Attend or perform at select Texas Commission on the Arts events.
  • If eligible to receive the grant, you must complete an update application to receive the second year of funding.
  • File timely report forms with receipts for documentation
  • Write a thank you letter addressed Dear Funder that details what you learned at your training program and how receiving the Young Masters grant has helped you. This letter should be included as part of your report form.


What have prior classes done?

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 Theater Project, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, and Maryland Institute College of Art among others.

Who do I contact with questions? (email preferred)

Chuck Winkler
chuck@arts.texas.gov
512/936-6575

How can I help promote this opportunity?
Download and print this flyer to help us spread the word.  Let us know if there is an opportunity for staff to come visit with students or fine art educators!