The Funding Arts and Music Education (FAME) Committee of the Junior League of San Antonio, Inc., now in its seventh year, is dedicated to encouraging San Antonio youth in the performing arts. The mission of this awards program is to recognize the best and brightest performing arts programs in San Antonio (and surrounding areas) public and private high schools. Through an open application process, FAME provides a stage for students to hone their skills in front of a live audience, culminating in cash awards that deliver funding directly to performing art programs.

Grants are awarded in four categories: Theatrical Performance, Dance Perfomance, Instrumental Performance, and Vocal Performance. 2021 grants will be awarded in each category to 1st ($2,000), 2nd ($1,000), and 3rd ($500) place finalists participating in the show on April 11th.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, and with the safety of students, teachers, and the general public as our top priority, the entire FAME application process and live performances will be hosted virtually via Instagram. Follow us at @FAME_jlsa for additional information.


Through the annual FAME Awards Program, the Junior League of San Antonio has provided over $50,000 dollars to area high school performing arts programs. These funds have supported various school resources such as competition expenses, Master Class instructors who provide training to students, and the licensed use of published materials such as scripts and musical scores. JLSA’s FAME committee (100% volunteer led) organizes and coordinates this event. A professional panel of local arts leaders are chosen each year to judge performing arts groups in the preliminary and final rounds.

Congratulations to the 2020 FAME Awards Finalists!

Dance: Brandeis High School • Clark High School • Reagan High School
Instrumental: Churchill High School • Reagan High School • Seguin High School
Theatrical: Harlan High School • O’Connor High School • Taft High School
Vocal: East Central High School • Seguin High School • Reagan High School

FAME Awards Basics

          • Open to all public and private high schools in San Antonio and surrounding areas.
          • Monetary awards for first, second and third place will be awarded to the school programs in four general categories: Dance Performance, Instrumental Performance, Theatrical Performance, and Vocal Performance.

Application Process

          • Performing Arts staff will submit an online application through www.jlsa.org website.
          • Include a URL to a YouTube video of the group’s performance.
          • The performance must be 5 minutes or less.
          • The performance submissions must be from the current school year.
          • Students must perform independent of a director or instructor.
          • Groups should not exceed 16 students.
            • Laurie Auditorium Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas stage size is 40’wide x 30’ deep.
          • A school can participate in multiple categories, but cannot submit more than one group in each category.
          • By submitting an application, performers and school are attesting proper permissions for music, dance, play, etc. have been obtained.

Judging Process

          • Preliminary judging will be completed by a specialist in the category field.
          • 3 finalists will be selected in each category and will perform live at the awards show.
          • Final judging will be done live by all 4 judges on the evening of the awards show.
          • Scores will be tallied by the Junior League of San Antonio in all instances.
          • Scores will be a compilation of:
            • Technical Skill
            • Artistic Presentation
            • Level of Difficulty
            • Overall Performance

Winners Selection

          • The awards show was scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 5:30pm at Laurie Auditorium Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas.
          • Groups will have rehearsal time the day of the show.
          • Scores will be tallied and awards will be given at the end of the evening.
          • The Program Directors will accept the awards on behalf of the school.
          • The top 3 winners in each category will receive a monetary award to be used for the schools’ performing arts program:
            • 1st Place: $2,000
            • 2nd Place: $1,000
            • 3rd Place: $500


For additional details or questions, please contact Julie Ann Matonis, FAME Committee Chair, at FAME@jlsa.org.

Click here to download FAME Awards informational PDF.