R.I.S.E. America 'Dare to Dream' Video Contest
$500,000 in grants available to high school theatre programs.
$10,000 grant
All Ages

Due February 6th, 2018 - Inspired by the network’s upcoming Jason Katims drama “Rise,” which premieres Tuesday, March 13 and follows the effects a high school theatre department has on its surrounding community, NBC is launching R.I.S.E. America, a program that grants a half-million dollars to high school theatre programs across the country.

R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America will award 50 high schools a $10,000 grant that will enable them to enhance or revitalize their theatre programs. The winning schools can use the grant money to cover various critical needs, including master classes and production expenses.

This story could be yours…

The $10,000 grant can be used for a myriad of opportunities in the 2018 calendar year.

Examples of the uses of funding include:
   *Production – Fund a production, purchase critical theatrical equipment and/or supplies (lighting, sound equipment, costumes), and/or underwrite your first full play or your first musical.
   *Student experience – Open students’ eyes and inspire them with exposure to new experiences: a field trip to a professional theatre production, attendance at a state theatre conference or national theatre festival with interactions from industry professionals and students from other regions.
   *Teacher development – Provide professional mentoring and resources to empower the educator to expand the theatre program. For example, fund a master class with teacher visits; training sessions with professional technical directors, writers, choreographers, and set designers; travel costs for a teacher to attend professional development conferences.

Apply for the R.I.S.E. America grant by sharing how your theatre program could benefit from receiving $10,000. Applications will be judged on a combination of compelling stories, financial need, and potential impact to the school theatre program. The first 5 schools to apply will receive a show poster signed by the RISE cast. Any school that applies by January 22, 2018 will be entered in a drawing for additional prizing.

Create and share a video link (two minutes or less) that helps bring your story to life for NBC and ETF. Schools are encouraged to showcase the talent and inspiration that comprises their theatre arts program. Please upload to YouTube or Vimeo using only private settings.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


50 Grand Prize Winning High Schools:
$10,000 grant

Open to all high schools in the United States.

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