COTA provides funding for gifted students in fine arts training
Eligibility for COTA funding:
Colleagues of the Arts seeks to identify gifted, young students looking to pursue a career in the arts who are in need of financial or mentoring support. Candidates should be full-time residents of Monterey County and 25 years of age or younger. Students qualify based upon their need, motivation and a desire to pursue their artistic talent. Focus is on artistically gifted youth, especially those from low-income families, and provide opportunities for success tailored to each individual student in all the arts disciplines.
Students are selected through an annual audition in April. Audition finalists are then are invited to complete an Awards Application following the audition. Eligible assistance may include requests for monetary awards to cover lessons, workshops, programs, auditions, instruments, supplies or other appropriate expenses. Award range depends on demonstrated need.
Application for COTA Funding
Applications and awards for 2012 have already been announced. Stay tuned for 2013 Auditions to be held next April. Details TBD.
Lesson invoices must be submitted each month
Billing for COTA awards is required on a monthly basis by submitting lesson invoices. Prior to receiving payment, each teacher is required to have a W-9 form on file with the COTA office (Call Mr. Rappoport at 649-4495 for a form). The invoice must record the date of the lesson and the parent must sign for the student’s attendance. the length of lessons (1 hour, ½ hour, etc…) along with the total cost for that lesson.
A progress report must be submitted when the student funding is completed
Completion of the Progress Report is part of the commitment of a COTA Arts Award Recipient. The report must be completes and sent to COTA as soon as award funding period is completed. Information about the experience in using the award is important for COTA to guide in awarding future applicants.