Believe In The Creativity Of Nova Scotians
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) is a registered charity that provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists in their chosen fields.
Our annual scholarships include theatre, film/new media, literary arts, dance, music, voice, circus arts, visual arts, and design.
Supporting the Talent Trust is a vote of confidence in Nova Scotia’s future.
Success holds the power to transform. Our province’s cultural character holds at its heart the gifted Nova Scotian artists whose talents enrich the communities in which they live, work, and practice their art.
And beyond what we understand to be Nova Scotia’s arts economy, we see the innate creativity, innovation, expressiveness, resourcefulness, and talent of our artists propagating the business environment all around us.
Our role at NSTT is to perpetuate transformative success, one artist at a time. To help fill the pipeline for the next cultural wave.
To elevate artists. To support them through their growth and help them flourish.
Since 1944, generous Nova Scotians have expressed their belief in over 1,000 talented, aspiring artists through their support of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.
The Talent Trust was established by a small group of individuals to further the career of iconic Nova Scotian contralto Portia White.
Now in its 75th year, NSTT is a registered charity funded by government, corporations, foundations, and private donors, with the exclusive aim of propelling the next generation of Nova Scotia’s artists.
For the vast majority of emerging artists in our province, support from the Talent Trust is their only potential source of non-repayable funding.
Since its establishment, the Talent Trust has contributed over $2 million directly toward difference-making scholarships and prizes that support and encourage emerging artists in music, voice, dance, circus arts, film,new media, theatre, visual arts, fine arts, and literary arts.
Recipients are chosen through a competitive and rigorous juried selection process. Funding supports their studies in a variety of settings, including summer festivals and instructional programs, professional arts training institutions, university training programs, and private instruction.
These programs are in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and include prestigious institutions such as the National Ballet School of Canada, the National Theatre School of Canada, the Art Institute of Chicago, NSCAD University, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the McGill University Conservatory.
Many recipients of NSTT scholarships and awards have established successful careers in the arts at home and abroad. Up to 80% pursue their art form either full-time or part-time after completing their studies.
What People Are Saying
"I cannot adequately express in words the gratitude I feel not only for the financial support your scholarship provides, but the support and belief in my artistic practice. As an emerging artist this support is invaluable."
— Caitlin McGuire, fine arts
"Being able to follow my dream and have the support of the Talent Trust means the world to me! I’m very grateful for the jury’s confidence in me as an emerging artist and the financial support you’ve given to all the recipients."
— Gabrielle Kachan, dance