The following is quoted directly from the American Theatre Wing website:
"For the second year and in collaboration with the American Theatre Wing, the Arts Endowment is calling for applications from high school students to the agency’s Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national program is for students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musical theater including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and more.
The application is simple and can be completed here
Beginning Tuesday, February 12 with a deadline of April 30, 2019 at midnight ET.
This year’s competition follows a successful inaugural year in 2018 that featured finalists from across the country. For this second year, the Songwriting Challenge will again pair six finalist songwriters (either single songwriters or duos) with professional musical theater artists to develop the students’ original song into a Broadway-stage-ready composition. The Arts Endowment and the Wing welcome back Disney Theatricals and Samuel French, a division of Concord Records, as Songwriting Challenge partners.
“The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is part of the Arts Endowment’s commitment to nurture the creative talents of our nation’s young people,” said Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “By assisting these student songwriters, the Songwriting Challenge contributes to the ongoing vitality of the American art form of musical theater.”
“Cultivating young talent is crucial for our industry and for our world,” said Heather Hitchens, President & CEO of the American Theatre Wing. “I am thrilled to once again be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts, Disney Theatrical Productions, and Samuel French on the Songwriting Challenge, which furthers our commitment to the next generation.”
After the application deadline of April 30, 2019, the Arts Endowment and the Wing will convene panels in different regions of the country to review all of the applications. Per last year, each panel will consist of experienced songwriters and musicians who will select one finalist or finalist duo from its region. Those finalists will be announced at the end of June 2019.
Each finalist will be paired with a musical theater mentor and music director to form a coaching team that will work directly with the student to hone all parts of their song. Initially, each coaching team will work with their finalist remotely using Skype/video conferencing software. This will be followed by an in-person coaching weekend when the mentor and music director travel to the finalists’ home community to work together. This extended coaching period allows for a deeper experience for the student finalists.
After the mentorship weekend, each finalist’s song will be transcribed, performed by Broadway singers and musicians, recorded, and broadcast over national radio. Students will be able to watch rehearsals either via Skype/video conferencing or in person, depending on their schedules. As in 2018, Samuel French has generously agreed to publish a songbook containing each of the finalists’ song in their transcribed form.
There are also plans to convene a video conference for the finalists, mentors, and music directors to meet each other and discuss their unique songs and the perspectives they’ve gained by participating in the program."
In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.
Membership based upon: Scholarship, Service, and Character.
Any student with one semester completed with an A or B average in a visual arts class is invited to join!
For more information:
New scholarship money is available for students who MINOR in music and sing in ensembles. If you will be going to WKU and majoring in other degrees, but still plan to sing, contact email@example.com to set up an audition.
Grants and Scholarships for MEMBERS of International Thespian Society
Applications due April 1, 2019
The Lexington chapter of Omega Psi Phi will be hosting its 57th annual talent hunt on January 17th at The Lexington Public Library (Central Library) at 6 pm. This event is open to all high school students (grades 9-12). Cash scholarships will be awarded in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music Dance, Drama, and Art. Contact Quentin Moore to register (C) 859-230-5490, (W) 859-622-1966.
12/18: International Thespian Society meeting, Advisory, Lowther's room, 123
International Thespian Honor Society will have an organizational meeting during Advisory Club Day, 11/29 in Room 123.
Application and eligibility requirements are on Lowther's wall outside Room 123.
Text @ITSGRC to 81010 to stay updated.
Actors, stage & tech crew, pit orchestra, and others with a love of theatre are encouraged to apply!
Holiday "character / musicians / performers" needed for Santa's breakfast at Shearer to benefit Shearer Musical Theatre. In years past Elsa, Jack Frost, a snow queen, elves, have appeared!
Open to all sorts of performance types with a holiday flair....
Date and Time: Saturday 12/1; Event from 8-12 with the following shifts (note start and end times)
Email Shawna Mitchell to help out.
Email Katherine Lowther for more information or to add information.