The 10th ACT DALRO Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships.
John Kani Theatre at The Market.
06 October 2018
Photograph: John Hogg.

Applications for the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships are now open to learners currently in grade 12 and to individuals under the age of 25 who have successfully completed grade 12 and are not currently registered for study towards an undergraduate degree.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to make an opportunity for higher education funding available to young South African performers and visual artists through the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme.

Young people intending on studying towards a performing arts or visual arts degree at a South African tertiary institution are invited to apply. Performing arts applicants are required to audition in the singing, dance, acting and/or musical theatre categories after completing the online registration form. Visual arts applicants are required to submit a portfolio of works as part of the online application process.

Countrywide auditions for the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will be held from Monday, 17 June – Friday 05 July, 2019. Three finalists in each category will be invited to Johannesburg for one week’s tutelage from coaches and industry professionals in the various auditioned disciplines. This will then culminate in a final showcase after which an independent panel of judges will award a winner in each category.

Administered by ACT, funded by DALRO and the Nedbank Arts Affinity and supported by The Market Theatre, the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships are in their tenth year of existence- a milestone year which coincides with ACT’s 25th year of existence. Nedbank Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing Tobie Badenhorst says “We are proud to be associated with ACT through the Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme and, more specifically, of the role that we play in empowering and inspiring young artists by creating opportunities in performing and visual arts. In our 25-year partnership with ACT, we have made funding of more than R20 million available for the development of South Africa’s arts and culture sector. We look forward to continuing this journey with a focus on education through the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarship programme.”

Aspirant young performers who fulfil the above criteria are invited to apply for a scholarship in one of the following categories: singing, dance, acting and/or musical theatre.

  • Click here for the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships registration form.
  • Once registered online, 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Art Scholarships hopefuls will be required to perform two pieces of their choice, within their chosen category, at an allocated audition.
  • Musical theatre applicants are encouraged to perform two pieces that showcase their competency as a triple-threat performer, ie competent singer, dancer and actor.
  • Registrations for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships close on Monday, 20 May 2019.

Visual artists who fulfil the criteria above are invited to apply for an ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship.

  • Click here for the 2019 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarships application form.
  • To complete the visual arts scholarship application form, applicants must attach a portfolio of work.
  • Applications for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Visual Arts Scholarship close on Friday, 05 July 2019

ACT CEO Marcus Desando says “Ten years of administering the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships is an important milestone that we can be very proud of as an organisation. Through this programme, ACT has invested in increased access to higher education of our talented youth and will continue to do so this year. As we celebrate our 25th year of existence, we look forward to continuing the work of being positive change makers in the creative economy.”

Since its inception in 2009, The ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme has awarded scholarships to more than 30 scholars and students, a contribution with a collective value of R2,5 million in tertiary education funding. For more information about the programme and to access audition dates, please visit

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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 contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance. The support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) is a multipurpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of authors and publishers and then distributes the collected royalties back to the correct copyright owner. As a custodian of copyright and the protection of rightsholders’ works, 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. DALRO has been in existence for more than 50 years, having served the copyright needs of the creative industry since 1967. For more information please visit

The Market Theatre is renowned worldwide for brilliant anti-apartheid plays that have included Woza Albert, Asinamali, Bopha, Sophiatown, You Strike the Woman You Strike a Rock, Born in the RSA, Black Dog – Inj’emnyama, as well as the premieres of many of Athol Fugard’s award-winning dramas. The Market Theatre’s history is intertwined with the cultural, social and political struggle for freedom in South Africa. For more information please visit

The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of ACT. Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed more than R20 million through its Arts Affinity Programme in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to its clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111 or visit Nedbank Arts Affinity for more information.