GLAAD Opens Applications for the 2019 Rising Stars Grants


LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD announced this week that applications are now open for the Ty Herndon Rising Stars Grant, a program dedicated to celebrating young LGBTQ people working toward greater acceptance in the music industry.

The grant, named after openly gay country star Ty Herndon, will award $2,500 to one lucky LGBTQ individual (between the ages of 18 and 30) working in the music industry today. The grant recipient will also be flown out to GLAAD’s Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville on June 6 to be honored at the event.

Those interested in applying must submit a 90-second video essay on the importance of LGBTQ representation in the music industry, along with filling out an official application on GLAAD’s website. Applications are due no later than May 19th, 2019 at 12 am PST.

Last week, it was announced that the Concert for Love and Acceptance (which will be co-sponsored by Billboard) will feature performances from artists like Daughtry, Chely Wright, Harper Grae and more, while being hosted by Herndon and CMT host Cody Alan.

Get more information on applying for GLAAD’s Rising Stars Grant program here.