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Cowichan Musical Society accepting applications for new scholarship program

Scholarships range from $500.00 to $1,000.00 and will help support pursuits in the performing arts
The Cowichan Musical Society is now accepting applications for their newly established scholarship program that will help support young people as they journey into careers with the performing arts. (Courtesy of CMS)

Calling all creatives who wish to pursue a career in performing arts both on and off the stage.

Cowichan Musical Society is now accepting applications for their newly established scholarship program that will be open to post secondary students up to the age of 29.

“The scholarship program is brand new and it has been a few years in the making,” said CMS president Irwin Killam. “We have received a tremendous response from our community about our latest shows (Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and Matilda). We have generated enough in ticket sales to be able to continue and wanted to give back to the community.”

Scholarships will range between $500 and $1,000 and applicants must prove they have been accepted into an accredited performing arts program and must apply for the CMS Scholarship prior to starting. All applicants must also have at least two years experience doing any kind of work behind the scenes (director, stage management, set and lighting technicians) or performing with a CMS production. The deadline for this year is May 15, but going forward applications will be accepted from January through May and the awards will be announced in June. Note that scholarship recipients will be judged on merit — this will include how hard they have worked to contribute to the Cowichan Musical Society and their productions.

The Cowichan Musical Society has already began recruiting key roles for Legally Blonde, The Musical which they will be bringing to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre stage next year. Auditions will be held at Adagé Dance Studio on May 25.

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“We are proud of our alumni that are now either still in a performing arts program or who are already working professionally,” said Killam. “Thank you to our community and our sponsors, the bigger the audience the more we can give back and continue.”

Full details of the policy behind this new scholarship and the application form are provided here. All applicants can email to get the link to the application form and send the answers to the questions in the form to