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.

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.

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.

We are celebrating our 75th Anniversary in 2019!

Call for Entries


Talent Trust 75th Anniversary Short-Film Showcase

The 75th Anniversary Short-Film Showcase is open to filmmakers who have received scholarships from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. List of former film scholarship recipients.

The Talent Trust will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2019. During that year we will secure 6-8 venues in Nova Scotia where the short-films will be shown to the public. All filmmakers will receive screening fees as set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance. We hope that some of the filmmakers will be able to attend a screening in person for a Q&A session after the screening. 

The Talent Trust will hire a knowledgeable film curator to make the final selection. 

Application Deadline Extended

June 15, 2018

Download an application form with all the details at

For more information, please get in touch through email at 75anniversary(at) 


Talent Trust 75th Anniversary Pop-Up Events

The Pop-up events are open to practicing performing artists who have received scholarships from the Talent Trust in the past. 

This call is open to former Music, Dance, and Theatre scholarship recipients. 

Performers are invited to propose performance events:

  • up to four performers (at least two have to be former Talent Trust scholarship recipients)
  • up to 30 minutes duration 
  • presented in public spaces (You are responsible for technical support if needed. The Talent Trust cannot provide technical support.)

Each pop-up event selected may be asked to perform 3 to 5 times during 2019 in different locations, primarily in the HRM region, but performances in all of Nova Scotia are encouraged. 

Events will be selected by members of the Talent Trust’s 75th Anniversary Committee.
Artist fees and modest production costs will be paid.

Deadline: February 15, 2018 

Download a fill-able application form with all the details at

For more information, please get in touch through email at 75anniversary(at) 

Call for Entries to the 75th Anniversary Talent Trust Exhibition

This exhibition is open to practicing visual artists who have received scholarships from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Are you one of them, but not sure? You can find a list of all scholarship recipients in visual arts from 1949 - 2016 here.

Artists are invited to propose works completed in the past 15 years, including works held in Nova Scotian public collections.

Works will be selected by curators from the participating galleries. Artists’ exhibition fees and art transportation will be paid. An exhibition catalogue is planned.

Participating Galleries:

  • MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax, May - July 2019
  • Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney, fall 2019
  • AGNS Yarmouth, November 2019 - October 2020

We are very thankful that Ingrid Jenkner, curator of the MSVU Art Gallery has agreed to help us with all the details for a successful show. Thank you Ingrid!!!

Application Deadline: Extended to 15 October 2017.

You can find and download a fill-able application form with all the details at

All questions and inquires about the 75th Anniversary Exhibition should be sent directly to Ingrid Jenkner at Ingrid.jenkner(at)

The Visual Arts Exhibitions will be the venues for readings, film screenings, artist talks, and music and dance performances of Talent Trust scholarship recipients. A separate call will go out early in 2018.

Further questions about the 75th anniversary can be sent to 75anniversary(at)


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