Community Initiatives


It is through student scholarships that Nevada School of the Arts can most impact the lives of students in the community. Nevada School of the Arts is committed to providing a high-quality music and arts education that is affordable and available to all families in our community. Scholarship dollars turn directly into lessons and equipment to further our students' arts educations, and allow NSA to impact the community one student at a time.

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This ground-breaking program, generously sponsored by David Copperfield, spotlights our faculty and students on stage giving back to our under-served community members by inviting organizations on the first Sunday of every month to attend an hour long theatrical magic show and workshop. These youngsters from a variety of organizations learn a magic trick during the workshop and then take the props home to practice and perform for their peers.

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      • Thanks to the vision of our generous donor community, we continue to offer partial and full scholarships to all of our students.
        We received our first named endowment, The John C. Kish Foundation Endowment, which is awarded to two minority students each year.
      • $74,500 in total scholarship support was awarded to NSA students in all genres.
      • During the last academic year, the Finding Magic program served 152 underserved students, ages Pre-K – 12th grade in partnership with organizations such as SAFY, Boystown, Foster Kinship, Olive Crest, C.A.R.S., and others.
      • We unveiled architectural designs by RW Architects for a new 70,000 square-foot campus project in Symphony Park that aims to inspire and serve the region’s young performing artists and performing arts organizations and ensembles.
      • The NSA Chamber Orchestra enrolled 35 students to participate in this full scholarship program under the leadership of Director Dr. Chuck Cushinery exploring a variety of repertoire, including a newly commissioned and recorded work by Las Vegas composer, Aaron Ramsey.
      • NSA has returned to its roots in the Visual Arts. Director Erik Beehn has designed a curriculum, summer workshops, and faculty that brings back the strong Visual Arts program NSA offered in the 1980’s, 90’s, and 2000’s.
      • NSA continues its tradition through our Masterclass Series, offering advanced masterclasses in house and in schools (public, charter, private), helping to elevate our students to greater levels of proficiency in their respective instruments.

Through your generosity, our students have gone on to pursue their dreams at other world-renowned educational institutions, professional companies, and orchestras.

These opportunities—and many more—are funded by people like you. Philanthropy pays for over 75% of the NSA experience. Thank you for your dedication to our students and their learning at NSA. We couldn’t be more grateful to have you as part of our NSA community.


At NSA, gifts from individuals, institutional partners, our trustees, as well as the ongoing support from legacy gifts to the Dream Endowment allow NSA to educate and inspire students all around the world.


Through our music education programs, NSA supports our students with ASD, empowering these gifted students to better communicate through music, to attain advanced levels of discipline, and achieve better balance in their lives.