Schools may apply starting Thursday for this year’s Student Ticket Subsidy Funds

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Beginning Aug. 29, public K-12 schools in Tennessee will be able to apply for Student Ticket Subsidy Funds.

The Tennessee Arts Commission’s application process will open at 9 a.m.

Student Ticket Subsidy is a program funded through specialty license plate funds and administered through the Tennessee Arts Commission.

This year the program will subsidize student tickets for arts and cultural experiences to encourage schools to expose Tennessee students to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines and artists.

“Student Ticket Subsidy Funds make a tremendous difference in the lives of our young people across the state,” said Ann Brown, director of arts education for the Tennessee Arts Commission.

“This program enriches our children’s educational experience by introducing many students to cultural events like the symphony, live theater, and dance performances.”

More than 400 public schools received the grants last year.

Schools may apply for a maximum of $3,000 per school year for tickets or travel expenses to attend arts and cultural field trips or to pay artist fees to bring artists into the schools.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds are expended.

Applications must be received a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of the project, and applicants must use a Student Ticket Subsidy provider found on the Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster.

The application process opening on Aug. 29 is for projects beginning on or after Sept. 29.

For more information, view the Student Ticket Subsidy website at http://goo.gl/a0CSNh  

For questions, Tennessee Arts Commission staff members Nan Zierden, arts education special projects coordinator, 615-532-5934 or nan.zierden@tn.gov; Shannon Ford, director of community arts development, 615-532-9796 or shannon.ford@tn.gov; or Ann Talbott Brown, director of arts education, 615-532-5939 or ann.brown@tn.gov.