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Music Scholarships

Looking to attend college for music? Here is a list of music scholarships that can help you pay for your education, and make your future with music happen. Also, be sure to check out our list of 5 tips for landing a music scholarship.

American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers Scholarships (multiple)

Amount:Varies

Eligibility:Undergraduate and graduate level students studying composition and arranging at an American conservatory, college, or university. Must be a member of ASMAC.

Source:American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers

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Martha Marcks Mack Senior Vocal Award

Amount:$5,000

Eligibility:Active members of the NFMC. For graduate students pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Vocal Performance.

Source:National Federation of Music Clubs

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ASCAP Foundation Chein GarcĂ­a Alonso Scholarship

Amount:$1,500

Eligibility:Must be a Newark, NJ high school aged songwriter, musician or vocalist of Latino descent planning to study music at the college level.

Source:ASCAP

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ASCAP Foundation Irving Caesar Scholarship

Amount:Varies

Eligibility:Undergraduate music students.

Source:ASCAP

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Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship

Amount:Varies

Eligibility:Undergraduate students specializing in vocal music. (Also open to students specializing in instrumental music.)

Source:Associated Male Choruses of America

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Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$5,000

Eligibility:Young women involved with barbershop music who are undergraduates in a music education or vocal pedagogy program.

Source:Young Singers Foundation

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Bill McKnight Legacy Scholarship

Amount:$2,000

Eligibility:Undergraduate or graduate students in the LGBTQ community who are enrolled full-time at an accredited post-secondary institution with a major in the liberal arts or humanities. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to any candidates who live in Bainbridge Island or Kitsap County of Washington.

Source:Pride Foundation

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BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting

Amount:$5,000

Eligibility:For students of broadcast radio.

Source:BMI Foundation

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BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship

Amount:$5,000

Eligibility: For young jazz performers aged 17-24.

Source:BMI Foundation

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BMI Student Composer Awards

Amount:Varies

Eligibility:For classical Composers under age 28 living anywhere in the Western Hemisphere and currently studying music. Compositions can be vocal, instrumental, or electronic.

Source:BMI Foundation

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Brian & Cathy Smith Memorial Fund

Amount:$500

Eligibility:Music Therapy Interns pursuing training in chemical dependency or adolescent issues. Must be a member of the AMTA. Must be nominated.

Source:American Music Therapy Association

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Davies-Jackson Scholarship

Amount:Full tuition

Eligibility:Graduating college seniors who are interested in attending Cambridge University in England to receive graduate education in music and other liberal arts fields. Must attend a private liberal arts college and be the first in their family to attend college.

Source:Council of Independent Colleges

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Dennis Coleman Scholarship

Amount:$3,300

Eligibility:For LGBTQ students studying choral conducting or music with preference given to those committed to creating social change through music

Source:Pride Foundation

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Dr. Lou Fischer JEN Co-Founder Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:High school students pursuing jazz studies

Source:Jazz Education Network

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Dr. Robert Hawkins Memorial Scholarship

Amount:Varies

Eligibility:Students specializing in instrumental music education

Source:John Philip Sousa Foundation

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E. Thayer Gaston Research Competition

Amount:$500 + opportunity to have paper reviewed for possible publication in the Journal of Music Therapy

Eligibility:Undergraduate Music Therapy students who are members of the AMTA

Source:American Music Therapy Association

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Edwina Eustis Dick Scholarship for Music Therapy Interns

Amount:$500

Eligibility:Music Therapy Interns who are members of the AMTA

Source:American Music Therapy Association

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Emil and Ruth Byer Composition Awards

Amount:$2,000 to $4,000

Eligibility:Active members of the NFMC. Must be over 20 but younger than 39.

Source:National Federation of Music Clubs

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Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:Entering freshmen or current students interested in careers in sacred music or worship arts education. Must be a member of a United Methodist church or a Christian employed by the UMC.

Source:United Methodist Church

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Freddie Gruber Scholarship

Amount:$2,500

Eligibility:For the advanced study of percussion. Must be a member of PAS.

Source:Percussive Arts Society

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Glad Robinson Youse Adult Composers Award

Amount:$600

Eligibility:Active members of the NFMC.

Source:National Federation of Music Clubs

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Glenn Miller Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 to $3,000

Eligibility:Graduating seniors and college freshmen skilled in instrumental or vocal performance.

Source:Glenn Miller Birthplace Society

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Hal Leonard Collegiate Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:Undergraduates entering or continuing collegiate jazz studies

Source:Jazz Education Network

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John E. Grimes Timpani Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:Students between 18-26 interested in the study of period timpani playing. Must be a member of PAS.

Source:Percussive Arts Society

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John Lennon Scholarship

Amount:$20,000

Eligibility:U.S. college students between the ages of 17 and 24. Student Songwriters and Composers of contemporary musical genres.

Source:Yoko Ono & BMI

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Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship

Amount:$1,000 to $2,500

Eligibility:Students aged 21 to 28 seeking a career in vocal performance

Source:Mario Lanza Institute

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Mary Ann Fischer Scholarship Award

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:High school aged student bassists planning to pursue jazz studies in next year

Source:Jazz Education Network

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Mary Jo Papich JEN Co-Founder Women in Jazz Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:College-level women jazz musicians

Source:Jazz Education Network

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MusicFest Canada Scholarship

Amount:$500

Eligibility:Canadian high school students planning to pursue jazz careers

Source:Jazz Education Network

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Nashville Songwriting Scholarship

Amount:$5,000

Eligibility:For young Songwriters (aged 17-24) of country, folk, contemporay Christian, Americana, blues, and roots music.

Source:BMI Foundation

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National Association of Pastoral Musicians Scholarships (various)

Amount:$1,000 to $4,000

Eligibility:NAPM members who are pursuing pastoral music studies in college

Source:National Association of Pastoral Musicians

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NFMC Virginia Allison Collaborative Award

Amount:$2,500

Eligibility:Active members of the NFMC. Must be over 20 but younger than 31. For vocal or instrumental collaboration.

Source:National Federation of Music Clubs

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Nickles for Notes Scholarship

Amount:$500

Eligibility:Massachusetts high school seniors majoring in piano, instrument, music education, music therapy, or voice

Source:General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts

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PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship

Amount:$2,000

Eligibility:For a full-time student percussionist enrolled in an accredited college or university school of music. Must be a member of PAS.

Source:Percussive Arts Society

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PAS/Remo Inc. Fred Hoey Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:For an incoming college freshman percussionist enrolled in the School of Music at an accredited college or university. Must be a member of PAS.

Source:Percussive Arts Society

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PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship

Amount:$1,000

Eligibility:For full-time vibraphone students enrolled at an accredited college/university. Must be a member of PAS.

Source:Percussive Arts Society

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peermusic Latin Scholarship

Amount:$5,000

Eligibility:For Songwriters and Composers of Latin music, aged 17-24.

Source:BMI Foundation

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Pete Carpenter Fellowship

Amount:$3,000 stipend

Eligibility:Funds an annual, competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game Composers for an in-studio mentorship with established Composers in Los Angeles.

Source:BMI Foundation

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Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

Amount:Up to $1500 per year.

Eligibility:Full time students preparing for church music ministry. An applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in music, who holds choral music with children and youth as a primary interest

Source:Choristers Guild

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Sinfonia Educational Foundation Scholarships

Amount:$500 to $7,500

Eligibility:Must be a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Source:Sinfonia Educational Foundation

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Society of Composers Student Commission Competition

Amount:$1,000 to $1,500

Eligibility:For high school, undergraduate, and graduate students enrolled in a composition degree program or studying with a recognized professional composer. (Requirements vary based on age category.)

Source:Society of Composers, Inc.

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Sphinx Competition

Amount:$3,000 to $50,000

Eligibility:For young Black and Latino string players. Requirements and prize amount vary based on age category.

Source:DTE Energy Foundation

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The NFMC Alpha Corinne Mayfield Award

Amount:$1,100

Eligibility:Active members of the NFMC. Must be over 20 but under 36. For opera performers.

Source:National Federation of Music Clubs

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Theodore Meyer Scholarship

Amount:$1000

Eligibility:Undergraduate Music Therapy students who are members of the AMTA

Source:American Music Therapy Association

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VSA International Young Soloists Award Program

Amount:$2,000

Eligibility:Young musicians under 25 with disabiltiies.

Source:John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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William R. Gard Memorial Scholarship

Amount:$2,000

Eligibility:Full-time college students employed by NAMM member companies

Source:NAMM

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YoungArts

Amount:Up to $10,000

Eligibility:Must be a performing artist between the ages of 15-18.

Source:National Young Arts Foundation

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