Performing Arts Scholarships at Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

In partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity – ACT, South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, presents the 7th Annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme.

Sponsored by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, the Arts & Culture Trust’s Scholarships Programme is aimed at learners in their final year of secondary education who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts. Individuals between 18 and 25 who are not considered to be professional and who are not registered for an undergraduate course during the year of participation are also eligible.

Participants are required to demonstrate competence in three disciplines – acting, singing and dancing – with exceptional talent in at least one of the disciplines. Three performing arts Scholarships to the value of R 150,000, R 105,000 and R 60,000 are awarded and winners are at liberty to select their preferred performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

These individuals are encouraged to register for participation in the regional round of nationwide auditions. To afford this opportunity to as many aspirants as possible, auditions will be held in the following regions:

  • 30 June and 1 July: Durban (KwaZulu-Natal)
  • 3 and 4 July: Cape Town (Western Cape)
  • 6, 7 and 8 July: Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
  • 15 July: Pretoria (Gauteng)
  • 16 and 17 July: Johannesburg (Gauteng)
  • 23 July: Kimberley (Northern Cape)
  • 25 July: Bloemfontein (Free State)
  • 28 July: Potchefstroom (North West)
  • 30 July: Witbank (Mpumalanga)
  • 01 August: Polokwane (Limpopo)

Participants will be put through their paces, showcasing their talents in acting, singing and dancing with an exceptional talent in at least one of these disciplines. In addition to preparing the prescribed performances, contestants will also have the opportunity to perform a monologue of their own choice.

How to apply

Registrations for the Scholarships Programme are open until 31 May 2015.

For more information on previous winners, finalists, guidelines and registration,

click here; email [email protected] or contact the ACT office on 011 712 8403.