The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank are proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2018 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Programme. Past winners include Arlin Bantam, Tankiso Mamabolo and Zola Myeza, among many other talented performers who are making a name for themselves in the South African entertainment industry.

Country-wide auditions will be held from 26 June – 10 July, 2018. Three finalists in each category of dance, singing, acting and musical theatre will be selected to travel to Johannesburg for a week of intensive training and rehearsal. The week culminates in a final showcase that will be held at the historic Market Theatre, in front of friends, family and an independent panel of judges. “As an institution committed to promoting artistic excellence and to broadening access for both audiences and artists, the Market Theatre Foundation is pleased to once again support the Scholarships Programme”, said Zama Buthelezi, the Market Theatre Foundation’s  Brand & Communications Manager.

The panel, made up of industry professionals, will award the scholarship based on the evening’s performance as well as interviews conducted earlier in the day. ‘We are looking for dedicated scholars with drive and ambition. Sometimes it’s the commitment they show during the week that tips the balance. I don’t envy the judges, it’s always a tough decision,’ says ACT CEO Marcus Desando

Funded by Nedbank and the Dramatic Arts and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and supported by The Market Theatre, the Scholarships Programme strives to nurture young talent and provide tertiary education opportunities to young people who have their sights set on pursuing performing arts training in 2019. “DALRO is once again proud to partner with the Arts and Culture Trust in ensuring the future of our arts industry. Access to education should not be a hindrance to anyone wishing to pursue a career in the arts which is why we are glad to continue our long-standing support of the ACT Scholarship Programme,” said Elroy Bell, Supervisor: Theatricals and General Licensing, DALRO.

Scholarship applications are open to young people intending on studying towards a performing arts degree in 2019. Applicants may audition in the categories of singing, dance, acting and musical theatre and are open to learners currently in grade 12 and individuals under the age of 30 who have successfully completed grade 12 and are not currently registered for study towards an undergraduate degree.

Since 2009, The ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarship Programme has awarded scholarships to 27 scholars and students, a contribution with a collective worth of R 2,5 million in tertiary education funding. Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank says, “We are excited to once again be part of giving talented young artists and performers across South Africa the chance to pursue their dreams. Nedbank’s brand essence is all about money experts who do good and this is why we continue to fund the Arts and Culture Trust and these extremely important performing arts scholarships.”

Registrations close on Thursday, 31 May 2018.

More details on audition criteria and how to register to follow

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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 Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of ACT. Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed more than R16 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 for more information.

The Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) is a multi-purpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of authors and publishers, which it then distributes 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. For more information, please visit

 The Market Theatre With a 41-year history and over 300 awards the Market Theatre Foundation is celebratory of its past, anchored to the present and visionary about its future. The Market Theatre Foundation remains at the forefront of producing and presenting cutting-edge work that has an authentic African artistic voice and which is inclusive of the rich tapestry of African diversity.