Please share with your neighbors, family, tenants, parishioners, and community partners.

I hope this message finds you well. I want to share an exciting opportunity for young artists and performers in Texas. The Young Masters program is offering $10,000 awards ($5,000 per year for two years) to support the pursuit of advanced study for talented 8th to 11th graders in various artistic disciplines.

Program Details:

  • Eligibility: To be considered for the grant, students must be legal U.S. residents living in Texas and participating in a school-based program, a summer institute, a specialized course of study, or private lessons from a qualified professional instructor. They must also maintain passing grades in all academic areas.
  • Application Deadline: Applications and required supporting materials must be submitted online by 11:59 PM CDT on November 1, 2023.
  • Available Categories: This opportunity encompasses a wide range of artistic categories, including visual arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, folk and traditional arts, and media.
  • Application Information: Detailed information and guidelines can be found online at Young Masters Application.
  • Promotional Flyer: You can download a flyer to help spread the word about this opportunity here.

Selection Process:

Young Masters will be chosen by a panel of experts from across the state based on artistic excellence, level of commitment, and the quality of their proposed plan of study. This program is a joint initiative of the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust.

This is a fantastic chance for young talent to receive support and recognition for their dedication to the arts. I encourage you to share this information with any eligible students or organizations that work with young artists and performers in Texas.

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to the program directly. Let’s help nurture and support the next generation of artists in our great state.

It is an honor to serve and represent you.


Gene Wu
State Representative