Performing arts careers launchedACT - Arts and Culture Trust
Two Performing Arts Scholarships to the value of R105,000 each were awarded to Chantel Evans and Amanda Kunene last night.
The Scholarships Programme, launched in 2009, has awarded a total of six Scholarships to the value of R630,000. Auditions for the programme, which started in June, were held in Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Participants are required to demonstrate competence in acting, singing and dancing with exceptional talent in at least one of the disciplines. The winners can attend any accredited South African tertiary institution of their choice.
Funded by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity the Scholarships Programme offers aspirant young performers in grade twelve an opportunity to contend for one of two performing arts scholarships. Individuals under the age of 25, who are not considered to be professional and who are not registered for a degree in performance at the time of registering to participate, are also eligible.
“Our engagements with DALRO and Nedbank Arts Affinity go far beyond a sponsorship. We are truly privileged to be working with partners that share our vision, passion and commitment,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), Pieter Jacobs, in his thank you address.
Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank says that the funding of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme is one way Nedbank and its Arts Affinity clients make a contribution to developing artistic talent in South Africa. “The more clients use their Arts Affinity accounts, the more funds are contributed to developing arts and culture in South Africa through the Arts & Culture Trust – at no cost to the client,” he adds. He also announced that courtesy of Nedbank and DALRO each finalist receives a Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment account to the value of R5,000.
Nothando Migogo, DALRO’s Managing Director, praised the finalists for their splendid and brave efforts. “Know that to us, you have all already won, being selected from hundreds of contenders across the country is a great achievement,” she said.
The competition’s adjudication panel comprised some of the country’s top performing talent - actress and Production Manager of UJ Arts & Culture, Grace Meadows; popular music artist HHP; writer, director and Naledi Judge, Renos Nicos Spanoudes; artist manager, Jennis Wlliamson; and musical theatre expert and director, Anton Luitingh.
Winners, Chantel Evans and Amanda Kunene hail from the East Rand in Gauteng and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. “This is testament that one should never give up on your dreams,” said Kunene after receiving the Scholarship. After completing her secondary education at Danville Park Girls High School in Durban, Amanda plans to acquire an acting degree. Overwhelmed by emotion, 20-year old Evans said that she could now finally pursue her dreams of becoming a musical theatre performer.
The event was hosted by new partner of the Scholarships Programme, UJ Arts & Culture in the Arts Centre Theatre and is supported by Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse, Classicfeel Magazine, Pink Room Productions and Talent Etc.
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ABOUT THE ARTS & CULTURE TRUST (ACT)
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribute to society. Go to www.act.org.za for more information about ACT including our funding programmes, criteria for assessment or to submit an application online. Follow ACT on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/actorgza or like ACT on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Culture-Trust-ACT/162339817162875
ABOUT THE DRAMATIC, ARTISTIC AND LITERARY RIGHTS ORGANISATION (DALRO)
DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright agency administering various aspects of copyright on behalf of authors and publishers. DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information please visit www.dalro.co.za. You can follow DALRO on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/TheDALRO or like the DALRO Theatricals group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/138587381821/
ABOUT NEDBANK ARTS AFFINITY PROGRAMME
The Nedbank Arts Affinity programme is one of four multi-award winning programmes. Since inception the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme has raised over R15 million in support of 670 arts, culture and heritage projects countrywide.
Amongst the projects currently supported by Nedbank Arts Affinity are the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors Association of South Africa’s national workshops, a Visual Arts Incubator Programme, the Hillbrow Inner City High Schools Drama Festival, ROOM in Braamfontein, the Arts Writers & Critics Mentorship Programme, SA National Schools Festivals, a novel “Dust” by Karen Jennings and the publication of “The Blacks of Cape Town” (also a 2012 UN Literary Award finalist) by C.A. Davids.
Donations to the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme are made as follows:
- Credit Cards: a percentage of the purchases made on Nedbank Arts Affinity credit cards is donated to ACT, at no cost to the client;
- Savings Account: an initial contribution of R2.50 is made on opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Savings Account and a percentage of the daily credit balance is donated to the ACT, at no cost to the client;
- Current Accounts: when opening a Nedbank Arts Affinity Current Account, clients receive a Nedbank Arts Affinity chequebook and a fixed amount is donated toACT at no cost to the client for every new chequebook ordered;
- Investment Accounts: a percentage of Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment Account, the total donation is based on the client’s average monthly balance - the higher the client’s monthly investment balance, the more Nedbank will donate to ACT, at no cost to the client.
To become involved and make a difference in supporting arts and culture in South Africa please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (364663). For more information please visit www.nedbankarts.co.za
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