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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust Foundation
We would like to introduce you to a new member of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust family, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Foundation. The NSTT Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, registered in Nova Scotia, with charitable status.
The impetus for establishing the NSTT Foundation was a generous legacy gift made by the Nova Scotia Coalition on Arts and Culture who wanted to ensure that their contribution would support the work of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust now and well into the future. This, along with the inevitable consequence of ever-increasing demands made on governments for funding, led us to see the importance of having an endowment fund to provide ongoing, stable funding for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. The role of the NSTT Foundation is to steward significant resources and make the income available to the NSTT to fund artists in accordance with its mandate.
Photo left-right: Peter Mushkat receives NSTT Foundation contribution from Andrew Terris representative of the Nova Scotia Coalition on Arts and Culture. Adrian Hoffman, Past Chair NSTT enjoys the moment.
Now, in addition to supporting our developing artists on an annual basis through the NSTT, you can also make a donation to the endowment fund through the NSTT Foundation. Contributions are eligible for a charitable donation receipt. They may be made as a one-time gift or pledged over time. Another way to consider support for the NSTT Foundation is through a bequest in your will. Thank-you in advance for considering this way of ensuring Nova Scotia artists in the future will continue to be able to reach their full potential.
A member of the volunteer Board of the NSTT Foundation would be happy to meet with you to discuss how best you can ensure the long-term future of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust through this opportunity.
NSTT Foundation Board of Directors:
- Timothy Matthews, Q.C., President
- Susan Letson, Vice President
- Peter Mushkat, Secretary-Treasurer
- Andrew Bergel
Contact the NSTT Foundation
Nova Scotia Talent Trust Foundation
P.O. Box 172, Halifax CRO
Halifax, NS, B3J 2M4
phone: (902) 492-6801