Your Start in the Arts

We see talented and motivated graduating high school seniors from around the country.
When they speak about their high school drama departments and teachers, we hear two main themes: life-changing teaching and support, and very constrained budgets. So, we developed the Your Start in the Arts Grant Program to support high school theater and drama departments.

Each year, during National Arts & Humanities Month, The New York Conservatory will take nominations for the distribution of (10) $1,000 grants.

How It Works

1) Starting on October 1, high school students will be able to nominate their high school drama department for a $1,000 grant by completing the nomination form. We will accept nominations until October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

2) Once the nominations close, a panel of New York Conservatory actor-faculty will convene to read the submissions. The panel will choose the 10 most compelling cases for support.

3) Grant winners will be notified by email on December 15, 2019. We will ask each winning department to provide us with some background about their school and drama department, and a quote for our press materials.

4) Immediately upon receipt of these items, grant checks will be mailed via Fedex to the contact person in the drama department.

Read the full contest rules here.