Music Scholarships

If you are interested in pursuing a college degree focused around music or performing arts it is vitally important that you find the resources necessary for your success.

Not everyone is born gifted with a penchant for music. Given this special ability to create art in the form of singing or playing of musical instruments, it is essential to nourish such talent with proper training and education.

However, the milestone to become an artist is faced with both fulfilling challenges and financial burden.

Music majors can find a variety of help when it comes to paying for their college education. Like other struggling arts major, a number of music students also depend on financial loans to pursue a degree in their field of interest.

So as not to put hindrance in fulfilling a musician’s dream, there are some schools, companies, and private citizens that are willing to shoulder the finances of aspiring and talented students. Here are some of the music scholarships that any music student should take into consideration.

woman acting on stage

Visit this page for more information about performing arts scholarships.


Here are some additional music and performing arts awards:

Curtis Institute of Music Scholarship

The basis for entering Curtis is mainly focused on the student’s potential and musical talent. Merit is the only basis for acceptance into full-scholarship grants. The deadline for applications is every 17th of December so that the students can be later scheduled for an audition.

Strings Magazine Scholarship Program

This grant is awarded to students who are currently taking up a major in these two fields: Music Performance of the bowed string instruments or Music Education. Academic merit, financial need and community service are the three criteria for this scholarship.

School Band & Orchestra Magazine Essay Scholarship

This is a monetary prize awarded to a winning 250-word essay which tackles on the music subject. Eligible participants are grade 4-12 public and private school students.

The ASCAP Foundation Scholarships

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation is aimed at securing music students at all levels to have the chance to pursue an education in music. Conservatories, colleges and other institutions process the ASCAP Foundation scholarships.

John Lennon Scholarships

This grant is awarded to 15 to 24 year old songwriters. This is open to aspirants working in any genre.

Risloy Foundation Classical Music Grant

This is a scholarship for students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree who wish to pursue an education in classical music.

Young Singers Foundation

Sophomore year and above students can have this scholarship if they are majoring in vocal music (education, performance, music therapy or pedagogy) in any of the accredited institutions.

John Philip Sousa Foundation

The foundation conducts a National Young Artists Solo Competition for clarinet, trumpet, saxophone and French horn high school student players. In every category, winners will be awarded with a music education or performance degree scholarship.

Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship

This is applicable for 21-28 year old singers who have background in the areas of music study or vocals. Application is free of charge.

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Grant

Promising artists who take up music major, with choral church music as their area of concentration, are encouraged to apply in this financial assistance program.

Presbyterian College Music Scholarships

band playing

Presbyterian College provides scholarships to students who are pursuing a minor and major in music or ensembles.

R.L. Gillette Scholarship

Two women who are taking up an undergraduate course in music or literature are awarded each with $1,000 worth of scholarship. For music scholarship application, the student needs to submit a 30-minute taped performance.

Northern State University Music Grant

Two factors are assessed for this university scholarship: good academic ratings and brilliant performance. The applicants are also required to submit a completed application form and three reference letters. Every school year, the scholarship may grant as much as $2, 500 for four years. Deadline for application submission is every first of February.

Kerope Zildjian Award

A $5,000 scholarship is granted to an excellent percussionist who is currently taking up an undergraduate course in music. To add on to the scholarship, the recipient will also have the opportunity to handpick his/her own cymbals in the Zildian factory located in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Scholarship

In New York City and Cleveland, seniors from different high schools who aim to pursue education related to music or business of music can have the chance to have their studies financially supported by this foundation. The applicant must submit a personal essay as a requirement.

Indiana State University Carpenter Music Award

Dr. Jack and Virginia Carpenter Bradbury initiated the scholarship grants to provide help to struggling music students in terms of financial assistance. The primary requirements for this scholarship are financial need, high GPA and outstanding performance ability.

UCA Band-Choral-Orchestra-Piano Scholarships

It is recommended to apply early before the first of May for this scholarship. However, grants depend on the availability of funds.

Ladies of the Podium Awards

sheet music

These are four scholarship awards provided by the Women Band Directors International. These scholarships are given to women who are in an undergraduate or graduate level in band music education. Each student will receive a $500 scholarship.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Grant

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music provides many opportunities for music students such as scholarships, part-time work and federal and state loans. Most of the Conservatory students, about 92 percent of the population, have their schooling assisted by the Conservatory financial programs.

Blackwood Music Scholarship

Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who will likely continue studies in instrumental music performance. Applicants should reside and attend audition in Pennsylvania.

The William Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition

It is open for high school seniors and juniors who will be taking up instrumental or vocal studies. The top four winners will be awarded $8,500 and non-winners will also receive $300. The winners will have the chance to perform with the Williams Chorale as a soloist in the Annual Spring Concert.

Glen Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship

Musically-inclined high school seniors and first year students who will pursue studies in the field are encouraged to audition in Clarinda, Iowa. The winners will be awarded $4,500 and the top three instrumentalists and top three vocalists will have the opportunity to perform in the Glenn Miller Festival.