Applications Open For 2024 Texas Young Masters Class

by Texas Cultural Trust

The Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust Will Award Grants to Outstanding Student Artists

AUSTIN, TX (August 1, 2023) — The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) and the Texas Cultural Trust (TXCT) are accepting applications for the 2024 class of Young Masters, a joint initiative that provides exemplary student artists in grades 8-11 with the financial help they need to pursue advanced study in the areas of visual arts, literary arts, music, theater, dance, musical theater, folk arts, and media arts.

The state’s most talented young artists will receive the title of “Young Master” and be awarded grants of $10,000, dispersed over two years, to further their studies in their respective arts disciplines. The students selected for this program will represent the 12th class of Young Masters. To date, the Trust and TCA have given 401 grants to 184 Young Masters, awarding more than $1.2 million.

“The Young Masters grant program was created as a way to recognize and support young people pursuing the dream of becoming prominent Texan artists of the next generation,” said TCA Executive Director Gary Gibbs. “We look forward to receiving applications from candidates who are already demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, talent and dedication to developing their knowledge in their chosen discipline.”

Applications and guidelines are available online at Applications and required materials must be submitted by November 1, 2023. 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, or a specialized course of study or receiving private lessons from a qualified professional instructor. They must also maintain passing grades in all academic areas. The Young Masters will be selected by a panel of creative professionals from across the state. The 2024 Young Masters recipients will be honored at a celebration in spring of 2024 in Austin, Texas.

“The Texas Cultural Trust is honored to continue supporting the next generation of talent in Texas,” said Texas Cultural Trust Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Marquez Smith. “We are thrilled to help these Young Masters take their education to the next level and bolster their creative training. This program opens doors to opportunities never imagined for these young artists and cultivates the Texas legends of tomorrow.”


​​The Young Masters program is made possible through the generous support of the contributors listed below.

2024-2025 Texas Young Masters Sponsors: Sarah and Ernest Butler and The Sermoonjoy Fund

Texas Cultural Trust Principal Sponsors: Anheuser-Busch Companies, AT&T, Ray Benson, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, Sarah and Ernest Butler, Four Hands Furniture, Frost Bank, Karen and Charles W. Matthews, The Powell Foundation, Southwest, Texas Monthly, The Texas Tribune, Judy and Kirk Robison, The Tobin Endowment, The University of Texas College of Fine Arts, and The WoodNext Foundation.


For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit  


About the 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 the Texas Cultural Trust 

Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts across the state. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Art Can, Texas Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, Partners in the Arts, and Arts Access. Texas Cultural Trust efforts are amplified by its partners, who are instrumental in the success of leading 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  



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