Student Arts Opportunity Grant Program


The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is honored to offer Funding Futures, a grant program for at-risk student artists in our community with financial need.

Students who aspire to be exceptional musicians, actors or visual artists are often faced with fierce competition – competition and financial need that prevents many from pursuing an artistic field.

The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Student Award program is designed to identify and encourage talented at-risk emerging artists ages 10-17 in Pinellas County, seeking St. Petersburg programs in dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, photography, cinematic arts or visual arts.

Funds may be used for

Tuition for summer arts programs

Musical instrument rental, purchase or repair

Dance shoes, music books and art supplies

Individual instruction or master class tuition

For application information, email

Funding Futures is open to all talented artists regardless of ethnic,
social or
economic background or ability/disability.

Donations help build the Funding Futures Grant Program.
Your gift will help a young artist advance their skills and hone their talents, and pursue an artistic future.

Since its launch in April 2017, SPAA has awarded over $18,000 to 29 students, ages 6 to 16, providing access to dance, theatre and film summer programs, musical theatre classes – and point shoes for a young ballerina.

This has been a fantastic experience for them.  It opens up doors that
otherwise would never have been experienced and hopefully they can take this
into middle and high school so they have opportunity in life.”
– M.S., guardian to siblings taking acting, music and art classes

Organizations that have nominated students
Academy of Ballet Arts
American Stage Teen Summer Institute
Morean Arts Center Summer Camp
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
St. Pete Music, Acting & Dance
Sunscreen Summer Film Camp

A special thanks to our donors to date, including the DeBartolo Family Foundation, Duke Energy, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation and DEX Imaging for their support


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