Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Nova Scotia Talent Trust Continues to Invest in Emerging Artists with $72,000 in Scholarships


October 3, 2023 - MEDIA RELEASE

The NS Talent Trust Continues to Invest in Aspiring Nova Scotian Artists.  

3 October 2023
Halifax/K'jipuktuk, NS
Having completed the scholarship selection process for 2023, the NS Talent Trust has awarded scholarships to 41 emerging Nova Scotian artists from all over the province who are pursuing studies in Dance, Music, Theatre, Film, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts.
This year's Talent Trust recipients come from Guysborough, East Chezzetcook, Windsor Junction, Hammonds Plains, Prospect, Maitland, Northside East Bay, Greenhill, Upper Kennetcook, Mineville, Hackett's Cove, Hantsport, Brookside, Lower Sackville,
 as well as Bedford, Dartmouth and Halifax.  It is incredible to see aspiring artists hailing from so many Nova Scotian communities.  Many will begin their artistic journeys in schools and programs all around the world, from Toronto and New York to Italy and Scotland. Whatever path they choose, this year's scholarship recipients represent the very best of Nova Scotia's talent.

Beginning with the very first scholarship recipient, Portia White, NSTT scholarship recipients consistently promote and enhance the Arts & Culture sector in Nova Scotia.  With the support of the NSTT, they have the opportunity to perfect their craft with some of the best mentors and programs the world has to offer.  Just as Portia White built a successful career and long-lasting legacy, many other Talent Trust recipients have gone on to do the same - artists like Reeny Smith, Breagh Isabel, Shauntay Grant, and Walter Borden.  With over $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 1000 artists since 1944, there are endless stories of incredible creativity, perseverance, and success among the Talent Trust alumni.

Our scholarship recipients are chosen through a thorough and collaborative process by the Scholarship Selection Committee.   This Committee functions independently and is comprised of twelve professional artists representing the six disciplines of Music, Dance, Film, Theatre, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts. The Committee members volunteer their time and expertise to review applications, provide the recipients with meaningful feedback, and name the scholarship recipients based on their skill, dedication and potential.  It is with sincere gratitude to the Scholarship Selection Committee members that we present this year's scholarship recipients.
This year's 51 successful scholarships were chosen from a field of 106 applications over two submission periods ending March 1st and May 1st 2023.

Five scholarships of $2000 each are supported by the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund.  This year's recipients are Devon Pennick-Reilly, Anisa Sobhani, Michelle Hebert, Sahara Nyathi, and Lucas Arab. 

The CN Halifax Community Fund Scholarship was established in 2021 by the CN Halifax Community Board.  This $1,000 scholarship goes to contemporary dancer, Joel Lawrence.

The Anne-Marie Woods/Imani Enterprises African Diaspora Travel Scholarship of $1000 was generously sponsored by Anne-Marie Woods, past Talent Trust scholarship recipient. The recipient of this scholarship is Harmony Adesola.

Together with our generous donors, sponsors, and supporters, the Talent Trust was able to award $72,000 in scholarships in 2023.  Our sincere thanks go to Arts Nova Scotia, the RBC Foundation, the CN Halifax Community Board, the Craig FoundationAnne-Marie Woods, and our community who have made it possible to provide support to these gifted artists when they need it the most.  

Below is the complete list of the 2023 Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients.

You can read the Press Release here.
 Media Contact: 
 Andrea Urquhart, Executive Director 
 Nova Scotia Talent Trust 
 (902) 492 6801 
About the NSTT
Since 1944, the NS Talent Trust has provided more than $2.5 million in scholarships and special awards to over 1,000 Nova Scotians pursuing careers in the disciplines of Music, Dance, Film, Theatre, Literary Arts, and Visual Arts.  It is the only organization of its kind in the country.

Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship Recipients 2023


CN Community Fund Scholarship
Joel Lawrence

Maitland NS ● Contemporary

NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Sahara Nyathi

Halifax NS ● Ballet, Contemporary

Isabella Brennan
Halifax NS ● Ballet

Minuet Charron
Halifax NS ● Contemporary, Choreography

Lara Frame
Prospect NS ● Ballet

Rebecca Swift
Mineville NS ● Contemporary, Ballet

Stan Tonin
Windsor Junction NS ● Contemporary, Ballet

Aidan Vaudreuil-Wakeham
Lower Sackville NS ● Ballet


NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Devon Pennick-Reilly

Halifax NS ● Narrative Screenwriting

Calcifer Harris
East Chezzetcook NS ● Film, Video

Caroline MacKeen
Guysborough NS ● Filmmaking

Literary Arts

NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Michelle Hebert
Halifax NS ● Creative Non-Fiction

Rae Steeves
Halifax NS ● Creative Non-Fiction


Jenny Chen
Halifax NS ● Piano

Sherry Chen
Hammonds Plains NS ● Piano

Makye Clayton
Halifax NS ● Hip Hop, Music Production 

Kate Dietz
Hacketts Cove NS ● Classical Voice

Kailan Fournier-Poteet
Halifax NS ● Clarinet

Lucas Goudie
Halifax NS ● Drum Kit

Devin Huang
Bedford NS ● Piano

Jacob MacDonald
Upper Kennetcook NS ● Cello

Sophia Maskine
Halifax NS ● Classical Voice

Shaw Nicholson
Halifax NS ● Trumpet

Ameilia Parks
Halifax NS ● Horn

Mackenzie Sechi
Northside East Bay NS ● Opera

Abigail Sinclair
Halifax NS ● Classical Voice

Patrick (Hsiu-Ping) Wu
Halifax NS ● Composition

Alex Yang
Bedford NS ● Piano

Luyan (Lucy) Zhang
Bedford NS ● Piano


NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
Anisa Sobhani

Dartmouth NS ● Musical Theatre

Olivia Martin
East Chezzetcook NS ● Film & TV Acting

Annika Murray
Greenhill NS ● Musical Theatre

Jilian Peters
Dartmouth NS ● Musical Theatre

Visual Arts 
NS Arts Endowment Scholarship
Lucas Arab

Halifax NS ● Scenic & Projection Design

Alexis Cluney
Hammonds Plains NS ● Interdisciplinary Design

Emily Flinn
Halifax NS ● Painting & Printmaking

Oscar Jarsky
Dartmouth NS ● Printmaking & Drawing

Maya Keleris
Halifax NS ● Painting & Printmaking

Kaya Panthier
Halifax NS ● Painting & Printmaking

Anna Syme
Hantsport NS ● Drawing & Painting

Naomi Zamir
Brookside NS ● Metalsmithing & Jewelry Making

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Diversity Marketplace: 100 Vendors in 100 Days from 100+ Women Who Care Halifax

The Talent Trust was recently named the recipient of 100+ Women Who Care Halifax's donations at their 42nd meeting.  This generous donation of over $10,000 will be used to establish new scholarships for emerging artists in the Halifax region.  Read the press release here.

100+ Women Who Care Halifax not only supports important community work with their quarterly donations, but also through promotion.  Their Diversity Marketplace is a free online business directory for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQA+, and/or disabled entrepreneurs who live in Nova Scotia and are at least 50 per cent female-owned.  Their goal is to amplify underrepresented voices and businesses, and champion equal opportunities for all. The Diversity Marketplace provides a space where conscious consumers can shop the true tapestry of Nova Scotia and paves the way for a brighter, more inclusive community and future.

From the 100+WWCH website: 

"We recognize that many entrepreneurs disproportionately do not have the same visibility. We would like to help close that gap.  We also know that people want to be supportive but don’t always know how. 
The Diversity Marketplace provides a place where people can speak with their wallets, and they can shop with intention. The trend in conscious consumerism means shoppers deliberately make purchasing decisions that will have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact."

The current categories for businesses are: Fashion, Food & Beverage, Beauty, Jewelry & Accessories, Visual Artists, Books, Handcrafts & Home Décor, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Business and Professional Services, Real Estate & Construction, and Travel & Tourism.  There are plans to expand this to include more categories in the future.

100WWCH has launched the 100 Vendors in 100 Days Challenge, where their goal is to reach 100 vendors with this incredible initiative that is dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices and championing equal opportunities.  The Diversity Marketplace aims to showcase the exceptional products and services of female-led diverse entrepreneurs while fostering a brighter, more inclusive community and future.

If you are an artist, vendor, or business owner and would like to apply, please visit their website to learn more.

Visit the Diversity Marketplace here!


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Friday, June 9, 2023

NSTT Announces the Digital Paths Mentorship Series in partnership with Marc Djokic

 The DIGITAL PATHS: 2-Way Learning, Artistic Guidance for Digital Futures was led by Marc Djokic, world-renowned violinist, chamber musician, concertmaster, music director and former NSTT scholarship recipient.  This project provided the the unique opportunity for the 2021 scholarship cohort of Nova Scotia Talent Trust to be paired with professional artist mentors in their field of dance, music, and visual arts. The emerging artists were guided through a relevant range of digital literacy topics to help develop their professional career.

Over the course of this project, seven thematic videos were created as a resource to future Talent Trust scholarship applicants and emerging artists.  This series of mentor-mentee Q&A videos covers topics such as establishing an online presence via social media and artist website development, licensing and copyrighting, connecting with diverse audiences, and career development during the pandemic. The 2-way learning aspect of this program recognizes young artists as experts in their right in many areas of digital literacy, which will, in return, reinvigorate the knowledge range of their mentors. The insights and advice shared in the Q&A interviews are an excellent resource to emerging artists, and an opportunity for professional artists to reflect on their own artistic practices.

The first two interviews of this 7-part series are now available on the NSTT website.  Each week, a new video will be released and will remain available as a resource to all emerging artists looking to expand their digital literacy and develop their artistic career. 

"Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and our partner organizations for supporting us on this project! Over the past few months we were able to connect creators at various stages of their career development and spark inspiring conversations. I invite you to watch through all the mentor and participant videos in their entirety. Emerging and professional artists will hear a range of approaches to balancing work, life and the technical hurdles we all face along the way. Bravo to all of you who walked with us on this digital pathway!" - Mark Djokic

"Marc Djokic, once a Talent Trust scholarship and special award recipient, has returned as a world-renowned musician  to create this unique learning opportunity for young artists.  The experiences and insights shared in the Digital Paths series will be invaluable to our applicants and all emerging artists for years to come.  It has been a pleasure partnering with Marc, Avery Zhao (Ensembl'arts), and the Orchestre Classique de Montreal to offer this resource to our community.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project and for investing in Nova Scotia's aspiring artists." - Andrea Urquhart, Executive Director NSTT

"The OCM has a strong mandate to nurture the young talents of tomorrow. The current pandemic has taught our industry that "digital literacy" is key to maintaining and expanding a professional musician's career." - Taras Kulish, Orchestre classique de Montréal
"Ensembl'arts introduces the public to multidisciplinary collaborations and presents unique performances in diverse venues throughout Canada. Today, this includes the virtual stage. We are especially excited that the dance, choreography and visual artist members of our ensemble will be able to share their experiences and expertise in new digital work realities." - Avery Zhao, ART CRUSH | Ensembl'arts

About Ensembl’arts Group
ART CRUSH | Ensembl'arts produces multidisciplinary performances and events. Founded in 2014 in Montreal, the ensemble combines instrumental music, live visual arts and dance together on stage or in art spaces. Its productions are a mix of large stage performances at renowned venues such as the Salle Bourgie (Musée des beaux arts) and the Ottawa Art Gallery, along with grassroots projects in creative spaces such as Bâtiment 7 (Montreal), underused urban spaces and outdoor summer festivals.  In 2016 the ensemble travelled to the Atlantic provinces for performances and filming produced by Mécénat Musica Videoclips. The ensemble collaborates regularly with other groups and organizations, and has recently been a part of the festivals Music and Beyond and Festival Classica. 

About Orchestre classique de Montréal
The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and his wife Lotte Brott. The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring to five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. Previously led by Boris Brott, OC, OQ, one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians. The OCM presents concerts throughout the year and is now in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in downtown Montreal. In summer 2023, maestro Jacques Lacombe became OCM’s 3rd Artistic Director.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

The Talent Trust kicks off its 79th year at the ECMA's!

On this day in 1944, the Talent Trust was founded after 
members of the Halifax Ladies Club, along with voice teacher Dr. Ernesto Vinci, successfully advocated the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia for unparalleled financial support towards Portia White's studies in New York. Portia White ascended to become one of the best singers of the 20th century.  The province recognized the difference their support made in Portia White’s career and founded the Nova Scotia Talent Trust on May 2, 1944, to help other deserving and talented Nova Scotians succeed. 

Since that time we've assisted the professional development of over 1,000 Nova Scotians and have awarded scholarships and special awards totaling over $2.5 million dollars.

Like Portia White, many NSTT scholarship recipients have achieved great success in their artistic careers, including this year's Awards nominees:

Edward Enman - Classical Composer of the Year

Jennifer King, O Mistress Moon - Classical Recording of the Year

Atlantic String Machine (Karen Graves), A Single Juniper Post - Classical Recording of the Year; Instrumental Recording of the Year

Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn), Ecology of Being - Classical Recording of the YEar

Vineet Vyas, Satyam - Global Recording of the Year

Gina Burgess, ISNOW - Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year

As we kick off our 79th year, we are excited to celebrate with at the East Coast Music Awards, who are ringing in their 35th anniversary!!!

In honour of both anniversaries, here's a list of all the Talent Trust alumni who took home ECMA's:

1998 - Four the Moment (Anne-Marie Woods) - African-Canadian Recording of the Year

1999 - David MacDonald - Classical Recording of the Year

2003 - Denise Djokic - Classical Recording of the Year

2006 - Denise Djokic - Classical Recording of the Year

2010 - Gypsophilia (Gina Burgess, Matt Myer) - Jazz Recording of the Year

2012 - Gypsophilia (Gina Burgess, Matt Myer) - Jazz Recording of the Year

2013 - Gypsophilia (Gina Burgess, Matt Myer) - World Recording of the Year

2017 - Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn) - Classical Recording of the Year

2018 - Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn) - Classical Recording of the Year

2019 - Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn) - Classical Recording of the Year

2019 - Reeny Smith - Bucky Adams Memorial Award

2019 - Reeny Smith - R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

2020 - Marc Djokic - Classical Recording of the Year

2022 - Breagh Isabel - Songwriter of the Year

We can't wait to celebrate the Talent Trust, ECMA's, and the incredible East coast music industry this weekend!  

You can find us at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott Hotel Thursday to Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-1pm.  For more info about the ECMA's and the full list of nominees, please visit their website.  

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Talent Trust Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions


Scholarships — Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I know if I'm eligible for a Talent Trust scholarship? 

Visit our Eligibility page for the list of criteria.

What kind of study programs does the Talent Trust support?

  • University arts programs
  • College arts programs (like NSCC)
  • Programs in film, dance, theatre, music, literary arts, visual arts, or circus arts offered by private institutions
  • Private studies with one teacher
  • Summer classes in the arts
  • Summer festival study opportunities
  • Mentorships
  • Artist residencies
  • If you’re considering a study program not on this list, please let us know so we can assess its eligibility. 
    (We don’t fund the Verbier Music Festival Orchestra summer placement because it is free.)

Do you support arts teacher training?  

No. We don’t provide scholarships for teacher training programs. 

Do you support art therapy training?

No. We don’t provide scholarships for art therapy training programs. 

Do the application requirements change from year to year?

Possibly. We regularly review our application requirements, so they could change from one year to the next.

Tip: Review the General Application Guidelines and support material requirements for your discipline before you begin your application. You can find all updated files at nstalenttrust.ns.ca/Scholarships/Support-Material/

I study with a private teacher. What do I need for my application? 

Collect all the information required in the General Application Guidelines (page 2). See our General Application Guidelines for details.

Combine all the information from your teacher in one PDF file before adding it to your application. 

Late submissions of private teacher information will not be accepted. 

Tip: Get in touch with your teacher at least a month before the deadline. 

What browser should I use to submit my application?
Our system is built to work best with Chrome. Note: Microsoft's Internet Explorer is out of date and will not work with our system.

How long does it take to complete the online application?
According to our latest survey, plan on spending an hour or more to complete the application process. If you have all your information before you begin, you may be able to shorten that time.

Tip: Plan ahead. Carefully review all the application and support material requirements before you begin.

Do I have to complete the application at once? Can I start today and finish it tomorrow? 

The system is able to save everything so you can work on your application a little at a time. 

Tip 1: Use Chrome as your browser for best results. 

Tip 2: If you have any technical problems let us know right away.

How much can I ask for in my Budget?

Our scholarships are between $800 - $4000. You can only ask for a portion of your study expenses.

How many video links can I attach to my application?  

One video link. Combine your videos into one file. Your video index needs to indicate at what time each piece starts and ends, e.g.  introduction 0:00 – 0:32, first music piece title 0:32 – 2:58 etc

Tip: In addition to the video index in your application, add the start time of each piece in the video information section on YouTube. Don't change the video link until the end of the application year.

I don’t want anyone to see my application video. What can I do? 

On YouTube you can set the video to unlisted. Only people with the link can see it. Do not make the video private. If you do, we won’t be able to view it. 

I’m a visual artist. Can I upload separate images of my work? 

No. You need to upload a portfolio in PDF format containing all your images and the information of each image. 

Use high quality photos (no large files); no frames should show (crop if necessary), only your artwork is important

Your images should be 72 dpi for your digital portfolio (300 dpi is only required for printing)

Each page should contain a single image of your work and its description (10 images = 10 pages)

Keep it simple! (maximum file size is 8 MB)

What happens after I submit my application?  

Our staff will look through your application to make sure all required files are attached and your links work. If we see anything that could be improved, we’ll send you an email and ask you to send an updated version by email.

When your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email that also contains the date when you will be contacted with your application results. 

Be patient: our staff will get in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Tip: The earlier you apply, the more time you will have to improve your application. 

I made a mistake in my application and only noticed after I pressed submit. What can I do? 

Email our staff at scholarship(at)nstalenttrust.ns.ca and let us know right away. We can adjust your application for you. 

Do not try to update your application yourself! The system will create duplicates which will make it difficult for us to know which version is the correct one. 

Start your application process early so you have enough time to thoroughly review it. 

Save your application and read through it a day or two later to catch any small errors. Then submit it.

COVID-19 adjustments in 2022

Given the importance of maintaining social/physical distancing, and possible self-isolation for some, we understand that meeting some of the application requirements for the Spring/Summer scholarship deadline will not be possible. For example, it may not be possible to record your videos in a studio/theatre or to have someone accompany you for your piece. 

Please know we will be understanding of these limitations and will welcome modifications (filming in your living room, solo performances rather than being accompanied, etc.). Please do your best to meet the requirements that are within your control. (side note: Always hold your camera horizontal so that the Scholarship Selection Committee members can see you fully.)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Thank you Volunteers! 

Volunteerism is a powerful force that has the ability to transform communities, and is the backbone of most non-profit and charitable organizations.  The importance of volunteers cannot be overstated.  It is through the hard work, guidance, and support of volunteers that charities are able to achieve their goals and make lasting impacts in their communities.

I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the incredible volunteers who contribute to the success of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.   Our small-but-mighty organization has just one employee (that's me!) and one part-time contractor (Jackie) who supports the scholarship review process.  It is our volunteers who make it possible for the Talent Trust to thrive, grow, and stay committed to its mission to support Nova Scotia's emerging artists.

Our Board Members offer their time and expertise, and provide a sense of community within our organization.  They attend meetings, form committees for special projects, support fundraising, and provide governance and oversight of the Talent Trust's operations.  They are also an incredible think-tank and sounding board for new ideas and initiatives.  I have never had the pleasure to work with a more committed and effective Board, and I extend my most heartfelt thanks to each member, past and present, for the time and effort they have put into the Talent Trust.  It is truly incredible to have the support of such a dynamic cohort of artists and professionals.

The Scholarship Selection Committee is another crucial part of the Talent Trust.  Made up of 12 professional artists representing all disciplines, the Scholarship Selection Committee reviews the applications, attends meetings, provides feedback to each applicant, and gives recommendations on scholarship eligibility and criteria.  They ensure that each application is reviewed thoroughly and fairly, and offer their perspectives as professionals in their respective disciplines.  The collaborative discussions among the Scholarship Selection Committee members is amazing to observe during the application review meetings.  Thank you to each one of you for your commitment to the Talent Trust and emerging Nova Scotian artists.

I would also like to acknowledge our Honorary Lifetime Directors and the NSTT Foundation Board of Directors for their ongoing support and their service as ambassadors and champions for the Talent Trust. Your contributions have helped shape the Talent Trust and build its capacity to support emerging artists. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

Finally, to all our volunteers who help out with the Special Awards Ceremony, raffles, events, and the Bluenose Marathon - thank you!  Whether you are offering in-kind services to keep our expenses low or helping us to raise funds, you are putting money directly into the hands of Nova Scotia's most promising artists.  The Bluenose Marathon is May 19-21 and we would love to welcome you back to Team Talent Trust!  I am so grateful to all of you for the community love and support.

As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, take a moment to thank a volunteer.  I am so fortunate that the Talent Trust has so many to thank!  Our volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our organization. 

Thank you all for believing in the creativity of Nova Scotians!

With gratitude,

Andrea Urquhart
Executive Director, NSTT


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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Application Tips from the Scholarship Selection Committee

Scholarship applications for Fall/Winter Studies are open until May 1st, 2023 at 5pm ADT. 

Top tips to applicants from the Scholarship Selection Committee:

1. Pay attention to details.  

Your video submissions should always be recorded horizontally, do your best with lighting, and whenever possible remove any distracting items in the background.  

Make sure you acknowledge accompanists, choreographers, composers, directors, etc. in your Portfolio Index.

Have someone look over your application to spot any spelling or punctuation errors. 

2. Write a clear and concise Artist Statement.  

This is where the Committee gets to learn about you, your art, and what inspires or motivates you.  It is a big challenge for many artists to turn the spotlight on themselves, but remember: the people reviewing your application WANT to know about you and connect with you as an artist.

Here are some tips for crafting a compelling artist statement:

Keep it concise: An artist statement should be brief and to the point, typically no more than a few paragraphs. Avoid using jargon or overly technical language, and focus on conveying your ideas in a clear and concise manner.

Be authentic: Your artist statement should reflect your genuine voice and perspective. Don't try to sound like someone else, or use language that feels inauthentic or forced.

Focus on your inspiration and process: An artist statement is an opportunity to share the stories, experiences, and concepts that inspire your work. It should also provide insight into your creative process, including the materials, techniques, and methods you use to create your art.

Explain the meaning behind your work: An artist statement should provide context for your artwork and explain the deeper meanings or themes that you are exploring.

Tell us how your chosen study/training/development opportunity will benefit you as an artist. Explain your goals and what specific skills and/or projects you will be working on.

Edit and revise: Like any writing, an artist statement should be edited and revised to ensure that it is clear, concise, and well-written. Consider asking your instructor, mentor, or friend to review your statement and provide feedback.

3. Refine your Artist Resume.

Keep your resume up-to-date and try to keep it to two pages.  If you are senior-level artist, you do not need to include your junior-level experiences in great detail.  Ensure you acknowledge instructors, choreographers, composers, mentors, etc that you have worked or collaborated with. 

Some tips in writing a strong Artist Resume: 

Use a clear and simple format: Keep the design and layout of your resume clear and straightforward. Use standard fonts and make sure that the information is presented in a logical order.

Highlight your achievements: Focus on your accomplishments and awards in your resume. Mention any exhibitions, shows, or competitions where your work has been featured.

Include your education and training: Mention your educational background, including any degrees, certifications, or workshops that you have completed.

Showcase your skills and techniques: Highlight your artistic skills and techniques that make you unique. Mention any mediums you work with or specialized techniques you employ.

Keep it concise: Keep your resume concise and to the point. Avoid using overly technical language or jargon that may not be familiar to the reader.

We are here to support you!  If you need help with your artist statement or any part of your application, reach out to us. 


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