Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)

There are presently no open calls for applications.

Eligibility: Texas 8th to 11th grade students (or homeschooled students who have achieved a comparable status towards high school graduation) who are legal US and Texas residents

This program awards grants to talented young artists to further their studies in their chosen field. This grant is not a college scholarship. The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be awarded grants of $5,000 per year to further their studies in their chosen arts disciplines. Students are to receive the grant for up to two years, but they must submit a plan for study annually. Students must be participating in a school-based arts program, summer institute, a specialized course of study, or receiving private lessons from a qualified instructor. Students must maintain passing grades in all academic areas. Applications will be from the student, his or her parent/guardian, and his or her arts instructor. This program is available every other year.

Deadline:  November 15 , 2019 is the next deadline for this program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Training Video on How to Apply

Application Review Criteria


chuck@arts.texas.gov or 512/936-6575

derek@arts.texas.gov or 512/936-6563



1.  Sign up for an account. (TIP: This is a different system than the TCA Grants System)

2.  Fill out the application.  You can work in multiple sessions.  

3.  Download photo release form and AV instructions

4.  Upload attachments, including your AV sample.

5.  Submit your application.  You will receive a confirmation.

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)