The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina announces the 2018 Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund, a program to support young performers by providing scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in the performing arts. A limited number of Emerging Artists Fund scholarships beginning at $1,000 each will be awarded to finalists during a special concert on May 5, 2018 by Jane Kramer featuring Free Planet Radio and Billy Cardine at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Participants may also have the opportunity to perform a segment of their work at this event.
“We are delighted to continue this program after its success the past two years,” says Rae Geoffrey, Managing Director of Diana Wortham Theatre. “The Emerging Artists Fund scholarship can open doors for the next generation of performing artists in our community.”
Any student graduating from high school in 2018 may apply for the Emerging Artists Fund scholarship. Applicants must currently be permanent residents of Buncombe County, must intend to pursue a career in the performing arts, and must receive a recommendation from a teacher, instructor, or mentor.
The Emerging Artists Fund is an outgrowth of the Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund, which was created to make it possible for underserved students to attend Diana Wortham Theatre school programming. Scholarships, made possible by private donors, cover the cost of admission and are available to students on a free or reduced lunch program. The Y.E.S. program expanded in 2015 to cover artist workshops in local schools and expanded in 2016 to cover the Emerging Artists Fund. Donations to the Y.E.S. Fund and its programs are accepted any time; more information at www.dwtheatre.com.
To apply for an Emerging Artists Fund scholarship, students must complete the application, create an audition video, and obtain a recommendation from a teacher or mentor. Submit materials to Diana Wortham Theatre via email or mail by 5:00 p.m. February 16, 2018. Submission of an application does not guarantee an award.
Award winners should be available to perform at the May 5, 2018 event with Jane Kramer featuring Free Planet Radio and Billy Cardine, and to participate in required rehearsals on May 3 & 4, 2018. Lauded by UK music reviewer Three Chords and the Truth as sounding like she was “born to gypsy poets and raised by Emmylou Harris,” songstress Jane Kramer has garnered international recognition for the sultry, heartrending originality of her vocals and for the heavy-hitting lyrical eloquence of her songwriting. As part of Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series, Kramer’s May 5th benefit performance for the Y.E.S. Fund features local favorites Free Planet Radio and Billy Cardine. All of them will work with the Y.E.S. Emerging Artist award winners to integrate and showcase the students and their talent into the May 5thperformance.
Contact/Info: For more information on the Y.E.S. Emerging Artists Fund, visit www.dwtheatre.com or call the theatre at 828-257-4530.