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November 5 , 2012

Student Ticket Subsidy Funding Still Available For Some Counties

NASHVILLE - - To date, the Tennessee Arts Commission has awarded $381,000 in Student Ticket Subsidy funds to 67 of the state’s 95 counties. Twenty-eight counties have yet to apply for funding.  Student Ticket Subsidy is a program funded through specialty license plate funds and administered through the Tennessee Arts Commission. This year the program will provide $500,000 in STS funds to public schools for arts and cultural experiences, and to encourage schools to expose Tennessee students to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines and artists.

 Over 400 grants have been awarded to approximately 350 schools throughout the state,” says Nan Zierden, arts education special projects coordinator for the Commission.  “It’s important that each county has an opportunity to apply for these funds.  Student Ticket Subsidy grants continue to make a difference in the lives of our young people across the state, and through this program we are able introduce our students to the arts in their community while enhancing their educational experience.”

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 or arts groups into the schools.

Some counties have exhausted their funds, while funding is still available for some counties. Counties that are still eligible for STS funding include:

Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Canon, Cheatham, Chester, Carroll, Claiborne, Crockett, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Franklin, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Grundy, Hamblen, Hancock, Haywood, Henry, Hickman, Houston, Hardin, Hardeman, Henderson, Humphreys, Jackson, Johnson, Lake, Lauderdale, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Meigs, Moore, Maury, McNairy, McMinn, Montgomery, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Rhea, Robertson, Sequatchie, Smith, Stewart, Trousdale, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Weakley, Union,  Van Buren.

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.

For more information, view the Student Ticket Subsidy website:

For questions, please contact one of the following Tennessee Arts Commission staff members listed below:

Nan Zierden
Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator
Email: nan.zierden@tn.gov

Shannon Ford
Director of Community Arts Development
Email: Shannon.ford@tn.gov

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