Natalie Alcorn

It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.

Marielle Groven

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.

Marc Djokic

Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.

Simon Shaw

Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.

Denise Djokic

Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.

Scholarship Application

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  • You can only apply to the NSTT scholarship program online.
  • You can only apply for one application deadline at a time. Once the deadline date for Spring/Summer 2018 study has closed as of 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST) 1 March, the site will be closed for approximately two weeks for site maintenance. Following the maintenance, the online application submission system will re-open for Fall/Winter 2018 applications.

The NSTT strongly advises all applicants to complete their application well before the deadline date in order to avoid technical problems.

  • The Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship program funds pre-professional artists.  A pre-professional artist is one who is not yet established as a professional artist in his or her discipline and is enrolled in a study program privately or at an institution.  Our program is intended for applicants whose primary goal is to become a professional artist.
  • The NSTT is an open and encouraging organization that invites applications from all pre-professional artists.  We support the artistic endeavours of all Nova Scotians from all areas of the province and all walks of life. In particular, we welcome applications from individuals who may be making their first attempt to gain funding for their work. Even if you feel uncertain, please give us a try. Every application we receive is treated with respect and careful consideration. The NSTT embraces the principles of transparency and equality.
  • An eligible applicant is anyone who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Nova Scotia for at least one year prior to the date of application, including any Nova Scotian who is currently studying outside the province. This means that a potential applicant (or their parents) must file their income taxes in the province of Nova Scotia.
  • Potential applicants who are eligible to apply for financial support in another Canadian province (and hence file their income taxes in that province) are not eligible for support from the NSTT.
  • Generally, applicants whose studies proceed without interruption from secondary to post-secondary levels, including graduate studies, are eligible. 
  • If you have had interruption to your studies, you should contact the Scholarship Program Coordinator at scholarship(at) to check your eligibility before completing an application.
  • Those who have completed formative study and have begun to work as established or professional artists should apply to the Grants to Individuals program offered by Arts Nova Scotia.
  • You are not eligible if:
    • you (or for young students: their parents) are filing income tax in another province than Nova Scotia.
    • you have received a grant from the Province of NS in the past (through Arts Nova Scotia or with the Culture Division’s Grant to Individuals program).
    • you have received a grant from Canada Council.
  • Those who are already established in professional careers in areas outside of the arts who wish to embark upon a professional career in the arts, or those who have established careers in one artistic discipline and wish to move to another (i.e. visual arts to literary arts) are also eligible to apply to the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, provided they can submit examples of their work demonstrating serious potential in their chosen discipline.
  • Young Applicants: Unless they are enrolling in full-time professional training institutions, applicants who are not yet in high school normally will only be supported when they are undertaking programs outside their regular school instruction, such as summer instructional camps or private study.


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