Open to 8th - 11th grade Texas students in all artistic disciplines

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Application Review Criteria


Deadline:  November 15 , 2021 by 11:59 PM CST

Questions:  kenneth@arts.texas.gov or 512/936-6581


Texas Young Masters is a joint program of the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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This grant category is for artists practicing in one of the following disciplines:

  • Dance (general or multiple forms)
  • Ballet

  • Ethnic/Jazz Dance (folk-inspired)

  • Folk/Traditional Dance

  • Modern Dance

  • Tap

Ineligible Requests
  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • At this time, we are not able to accept any of the following: juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, baton twirling, commercial-based work, interior design, or fashion design.





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This grant category is for artists practicing in one of the following disciplines:

  • Media Arts (general)

  • Film

  • Animation
  • Audio (including radio and sound installation)

  • Technology/Experimental Media Arts

  • Video


Ineligible Requests
  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • At this time, we are not able to accept any of the following: juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, baton twirling, commercial-based work, interior design, or fashion design.

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This grant category is for artists practicing in one of the following disciplines:

VOCAL or INSTRUMENTAL or MUSIC COMPOSITION

  • Music (general or multiple forms)

  • Band

  • Chamber

  • Choral

  • New  (experimental, electronic)

  • Ethnic  (folk inspired)

  • Jazz

  • Popular

  • Solo/Recital

  • Orchestral

  • Folk/Traditional Music

  • Classical

  • Composition

Ineligible Requests
  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • At this time, we are not able to accept any of the following: juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, baton twirling, commercial-based work, interior design, or fashion design.

This grant category is for artists practicing in one of the following disciplines:

  • Musical Theater

  • Theater (general or multiple forms)

  • Mime

  • Puppet Theater

  • Storytelling

  • Set Design

Ineligible Requests
  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • At this time, we are not able to accept any of the following: juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, baton twirling, commercial-based work, interior design, or fashion design.

This grant category is for artists practicing in one of the following disciplines:

  • Literature (general or multiple forms)

  • Fiction

  • Non-Fiction

  • Playwriting/Screen Play

  • Poetry

  • Screen Play


Ineligible Requests

  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • At this time, we are not able to accept any of the following: juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, baton twirling, commercial-based work, interior design, or fashion design.

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This grant category is for artists practicing in one of the following disciplines:

Visual Arts (general or multiple forms)

Experimental Visual Arts

Graphics (printmaking, illustrations, drawing)

Painting  (include watercolor)

Sculpture

Contemporary Craft (Clay, Fiber, Glass, Paper, Wood, Mixed Media)

Design Arts (architecture)

Photography

Folk/Traditional Art (example: Native American basket weaving)


Ineligible Requests
  • No college study or advanced academic credit
  • No team applications
  • No concert tours
  • No unstructured travel or independent study
  • At this time, we are not able to accept any of the following: juggling, unicycles, entertainers, magicians, drill team, cheerleading, competitive dance, baton twirling, commercial-based work, interior design, or fashion design.

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)