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Texas Commission On The Arts And Texas Cultural trust now accepting applications for 2020 class of Texas young masters

October 21
Monday, October 21, 2019
All day

Texas Commission on the Arts

PO Box 13406Austin, TX 78711-3406

Repeats every week every day until Friday, November 15, 2019


AUSTIN Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and Texas Cultural Trust are now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Texas Young Masters, a joint initiative that provides exemplary Texas-based arts students in grades 8-11 with the financial help needed to pursue advanced study in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, music, theatre, dance, musical theater, folk arts, and media arts.

Texas Young Masters will welcome its tenth class in 2020—a significant milestone for the biennial program, which first launched in 2002. The state’s most talented young artists will receive the esteemed “Texas Young Master” title and be awarded grants of $5,000 per year for two years to advance their studies in the discipline of their respective arts discipline. To date, TCA and Texas Cultural Trust have named 154 Young Masters, awarding nearly $1 million to exceptionally talented young Texans.

“The Texas Young Masters grant program recognizes and supports some of the state’s finest young artists and helps them further their aspirations of progressing as a Texas artist,” said Gary Gibbs, TCA Executive Director. “As we begin accepting applications for our tenth class of Young Masters, we look forward to recognizing and supporting exceptional young artists across Texas as they advance in their disciplines and flourish in their talents.”

To apply or learn more about the Texas Young Masters program, please visit Applications and required supporting materials must be submitted by November 15, 2019.

A citizen panel of experts from across the state selects Young Masters based on artistic excellence, level of commitment, and quality of their proposed plan of study. The 2020 Texas Young Masters recipients will be honored at an awards event on April 20, 2020, at ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas.

“For young artists across the state, the Texas Young Masters grant program provides important funding to help them pursue their goals and passions and enhance their artistic education and abilities,” said Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Heidi Marquez Smith. “I’m grateful for our partners and sponsors who make these grants possible. Their investment in these students strengthens Texas’ rich cultural heritage and cultivates the next generation of Texas luminaries.”

The Texas Young Masters program has been made possible through generous support from Sarah and Ernest Butler Endowed Young Masters Scholarship in Music; Texas Women for the Arts, a program of the Texas Cultural Trust; Neiman Marcus; Sermoonjoy Organization; Wayne Fisher; Jeanne and Mickey Klein; Judy and Kirk Robison; Alturas Foundation; Covert Auto Group; Locke Lord LLP; Kathleen and Ben Keating; Karen and Charles Matthews; The RWM Foundation; and many others.

About Texas Commission on the Arts

TCA was organized in 1965 by the Texas Legislature to develop a receptive climate for the arts in Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation, and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism, and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit

About Texas Cultural Trust

The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts and artists across the state. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Art Can, Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, and Arts & Digital Literacy. Texas Cultural Trust strives to amplify the arts and lead a cohesive voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit

For more information call 512-936-6573.