Chattanooga Girls Choir Sunday Showcase '22 String Theory Outreach at Howard Middle School
PAL Mission Statement
The Performing Arts League (PAL) is dedicated to promoting and encouraging youth involvement in the performing arts -- Dance, Music, Theater -- through grants to non-profit performing arts organizations and scholarships to individual students located in Hamilton County, TN.
Founded in 2011, the Performing Arts League (PAL) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting youth involvement in the performing arts throughout Chattanooga and Hamilton County. Focusing on the disciplines of dance, theater, and vocal / instrumental music, PAL annually raises funds and awards grants to nonprofit performing arts organizations to support their programs for young people, as well as scholarships to individual young performers for additional intensive training.
Since 2014, the Performing Arts League has awarded over $200,000 in grants and scholarships that benefit a wide range of youth arts programs and aspiring young performers throughout Hamilton County.
Arts and educational nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the Performing Arts League include:
Past Funding: from 2014 to the present, the Performing Arts League has supported both individuals and organizations through our Grants & Scholarships program, including:
Awarded grant to Central High School Music Department for Piano Music Lab
Awarded grant to Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestra for recording equipment
Awarded a grant to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, for A Dramatic Arts Experience, summer theatrical arts classes for underserved children in grades 1-3
Awarded grant to Hixson High School Band for vibraphone
Awarded grants to the Chattanooga Girls Choir for a commissioned piece by Susan LaBarr for their 30th Anniversary and for the Hamilton County All-Female Choral Festival
Awarded a grant to the Hamilton County Department of Education for Lookout Valley Middle/High School’s “Build the Band of Gold”
Awarded a grant to the Kiwanis Club for the Clifton Hills Elementary School Outdoor Music Playground
Awarded grants to the Christian Family Theater for their youth production of Matilda the Musical and for the purchase of sound equipment
Awarded grants to East Lake Expression Engine for their summer program
Awarded grants to String Theory to co-sponsor and support introductory musical programs for young children at selected Chattanooga and Cleveland public elementary schools, of which several are Title 1 schools
Awarded grants to Unity Performing Arts for their Rising Star Summer School Program which offers dance, voice, keyboard, brass, and drum instruction to students at Carver, Avondale, and Washington Hills Recreation Centers
Awarded scholarships for music lessons and/or music camps for young musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras
Awarded scholarships to dancers to attend the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts
Awarded scholarships to young dancers to attend summer intensive dance programs in New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina
Awarded a scholarship for a young organist to attend Westminster Choir College’s Organ Camp
Awarded tuition scholarships for summer intensive study to young dancers of Ballet Tennessee
Awarded tuition scholarship for summer study to a Chattanooga Ballet dancer
Awarded tuition scholarships to young singers of the Chattanooga Girls Choir
Awarded a scholarship for a young flutist to attend the Sewanee Summer Music Festival
Held annual Vocal Competition among aspiring high school classical singers
Provided funds to help sponsor the Chattanooga Boys Choir’s Only Men Aloud, a weekend choral workshop
Provided funds for the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir’s Clarinet Concerto Competition
Provided the Chattanooga Theatre Centre with production funds for their Youth Theatre performances
Purchased uniforms for The Howard School Band and provided funds for secure storage
Testimonials from our 2023 Scholarships and Grants Recipients
Libby O'Neil (East Lake Expression Engine / 2023 Grant) “Thank you so much for your continued support of Expression Engine’s Intern Program. Interns shared that Expression Engine feels like a family, and that their favorite parts of the job included working together and teaching the kids. It is also important to our interns, all of whom would have needed to get other jobs to help out their families this summer if they were not employed by Expression Engine."
Jubilee Elliott (Chattanooga Ballet Summer Intensive / 2023 Scholarship) "Thank you! Not every child has the resources to follow their dreams without additional financial support, and the PAL has provided these incredible scholarships which allow young people to keep dreaming big and pursue their passion"
Nadia Giles (Vocal Studies / 2023 Scholarship) "The Performing Arts League Scholarship has allowed me to continue voice lessons this summer and improve my skills for musical theater auditions, self-tapes, and film."
Luke Bryant (Lee University Summer Music Camp / 2023 Scholarship) "Lee University has been life-changing. This was one of the biggest opportunities I ever had to grow as a musician, student and human. Without this scholarship I may not have gone. Thank you for investing in me!
Finley Holmes (Chattanooga Ballet Summer Intensive / 2023 Scholarship) "The Performing Arts League (PAL) Scholarship allowed me to participate in Chattanooga Ballet’s Summer Intensive, and I am so grateful! I simply would not have been able to dance this summer without it, and I cannot express how appreciative I am."
Jasper Sewell (2023 Harpa International Music Academy, Reykjavík, Iceland / 2023 Scholarship) "I am extremely thankful to the Performing Arts League for their most generous support in funding my tuition for the 2023 Harpa International Music Academy. Not only was it an opportunity for me to make significant musical growth, but it gave me the wonderful privilege of working with teachers and other young musicians living outside the United States for the first time." Harrison Wells (Sewanee Summer Music Festival / 2023 Scholarship) Being around so many amazing musicians, mostly college students, gave me a new appreciation for musicianship and my instrument, and inspired me to push myself to new heights. I left the festival passionate and invigorated about music, people, my future, and what life has to offer."