Rising Star Award Competition Call for Applicants — Hosted by the Howard County Arts Council. Open to individual performers, ages 18-35, who live, train, work, or perform regularly in Howard County or have done so in the past. Review criteria include artistic expression, techni-cal ability, and stage presence. Up to ten selected finalists will perform at the Arts Council's annual benefit gala, Celebration of the Arts in Howard County. The event audience will then vote for their favorite performer. The winner of the popular vote will receive the top $5,000 Rising Star Emerging Performing Artist Award; additional awards may be given depending on the amount of funding raised from the event. No-fee application deadline is Oct. 1; $10 for applications submitted Oct. 2-Nov. 1. http://www.hocoarts.org. 410-313-2787 or email@example.com.