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.

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.

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. to partner with NS Talent Trust in launch of online application system

Starting in 2014, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust is pleased to announce that its scholarship application process will happen online, thanks to the generous support of, a Halifax based web design and development firm. “We have been researching online application possibilities for the past two years,” says Scholarship Program Coordinator Andrea Dymond. “This arose from requests from applicants who wanted a more user friendly application process.”

The NSTT’s challenge has been to find a system that would cater to the needs of all artistic disciplines- dance, theatre, music, film and media, visual and literary arts- that they represent. “We spoke with Julia Rivard at, who not only understood exactly what we were looking for, but valued the importance the arts can give to the Nova Scotian community,” continues Dymond  “ agreed to partner with the NSTT by generously waiving some of its fees by donating $15,000 of in-kind services.  They then came up with a plan to create an online application process created specifically for our needs.  We are so grateful for this support.”   Established in 2000, builds websites and web applications for organizations worldwide.  They have a strong commitment to the local community and have been involved with Nocturne, Awesome Foundation, Laing House, HFX Pop Explosion, among others.

"We strongly believe in supporting emerging leaders who have found their passion and are working to be among the best in the world doing what they love,” says Julia Rivard,’s Senior Partner. “The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has built their organization around artists who are doing just that. The NSTT’s track record with Nova Scotia artists who have gone on to be global leaders is strong and we are happy to use our expertise in technology to help the NSTT support more great emerging artists in their artistic pursuits."  The NSTT online application system is currently being tested and will be officially launched in late December.  The upcoming application deadline dates for scholarships in 2014 are March 1 and May 1.

Since its creation as a charitable organization in 1944, the NSTT has given out more than $1.9 million dollars in scholarships to over 1900 recipients. The NSTT is supported by, the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, The Craig Foundation, RBC Foundation, Music Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, ImmediaC, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Docaitta Design (Darrell Freeman), TD Canada Trust, Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program and Arts Nova Scotia.  The NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.  For more information, please visit the NSTT’s website


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