We’ve worked hard to compile this list from many sources since we know scholarships for music majors are difficult to find. The list is updated with new opportunities and new deadlines as quickly as we can get the information, so visit often.
When you apply for music scholarships –
1. Check scholarship deadlines carefully. Make sure your application arrives before the deadline.
2. Be sure to include all of the information requested. You will be considered based on the thoroughness of your application.
3. Note that while some of these are small scholarships, several small scholarships can add up to a significant chunk of tuition costs.
Independent Music Scholarships
Against the Grain
Several scholarships for students who are at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Application deadline: May 31
AllConnect – Ultimate College Bundle
For current college students – submit an essay about what your area of music would be like without technology to vie for one laptop and several cash prizes to help pay for books. Deadline: September 14
American Association of University Women
Fellowships and grants for graduate school. Application deadline: November
American Association of University Women International Fellowships
Graduate school support for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Must have equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree to apply. Application deadline: November
American Indian College Fund
Scholarships for enrolled members of federal or state recognized tribes or descendants of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member or Native Corporation member (Alaska). Application deadlines: May 31
American Music Therapy Association
Scholarships and grants for students, interns and grad students who are members of AMTA and are pursuing music therapy. Application deadlines vary by program – most are March or June.
ASCAP Foundation Scholarships
Several scholarships available in many areas of music. Check with the financial aid office at your school to see if a scholarship is available and if you are eligible. Application deadlines vary by program.
Associated Male Choruses of America
Annual scholarships for music majors enrolled in undergraduate college-level music programs. Voice/choral majors preferred. Application deadline: March 1
BMI Foundation Scholarships
Several scholarships available in several areas of music including film/tv/video game composing; classical composing; songwriting in several genres. Application deadlines vary by program.
Boettcher Foundation Scholarships
For Colorado high school seniors nominated for excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. Includes tuition, room, board, stipend to be used at colleges in Colorado. DACA and Colorado ASSET applicants will be considered. Application deadline: November 1 of senior year.
Chopin Foundation of the U.S.
Gives up to ten renewable scholarships of $1000 each to pianists age 14 – 17. Application deadline: June 15
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Scholarships for high school seniors. Application deadline: October
Colburn-Pledge Music Scholarship Foundation
For Texas residents who attend or will attend music school in classical music either in or outside of the state. Application deadline: April
Scholarships are awarded to “extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work” in several areas including music. Application deadline: February
Dell Scholars Program
For grades 11 & 12, need-based, not specifically for music students. Application deadline: December 1
Edward Hosharian Foundation
For students of Armenian descent who want to study music. Application deadline: March
Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education
Interest-free loans for students who demonstrate high academic performance and financial need. Application deadline: early April
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
Financial support for study abroad for a semester or a full year, for currently enrolled undergraduates. Application deadline: Spring semester 2021: September 16, 2020; Fall, Summer semesters 2021-2022: January 20, 2021
Full college tuition for Pell-eligible, high-achieving minority high school seniors. Application deadline: September
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarships
$10,000 scholarships for college for high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership. Application deadline: January
Gilman Scholarship Program
Financial support for study abroad for undergraduate U.S. citizens receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Application deadlines: Octobert and March
Glen Miller Birthplace Society
Voice and instrumental scholarships. Application deadline: March – Cancelled for 2020; check back for 2021
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Must be nominated by an adult who has solid knowledge of your “heroic activities.” Ideal for someone who’s made a difference through music. Application deadline: April
Golden Key Visual and Performing Arts Achievement Award
Annual scholarships in the amount of $1000 to undergraduate and graduate students who are members of Golden Key International Honour Society. Application deadlines: vary by program, March-December
Grady-Rayam Price in Vocal Performance Competition
Awards for performing spirituals. For juniors and seniors in high school (Lower Division) and juniors and seniors in college (Upper Division). Application deadline: November
Hawkins Memorial Award Scholarship
Administered through John Philip Sousa Foundation, for a college music major working toward a degree in instrumental (band) music education. Application deadline: November
ICEBERG New Music Young Composer Awards
Two $1,000 scholarships to high school composers who are residents of NYC and from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Includes free lessons and feedback from professional composers. Application deadline: October
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award – From the Top Scholarship
Approximately 20 young musicians (ages 8-18) are selected for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Applicants must be pre-collegiate classical musicians between the ages of 8 and 18 who demonstrate a high level of musical achievement and financial need. Application deadlines: October, January, March
JEN (Jazz Education Network)
JEN offers several scholarships for members. Application deadline: September
John Lennon Scholarships
Student songwriters, ages 17 through 24 and enrolled in a U.S. college. Application deadline: June
Klipsch Audio Engineering Scholarship
For current and prospective audio engineering students. Application deadline: January
Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Award
For high school seniors, full-time college students or master degree students at least 25% Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity. Must already operate a small business. Application deadline: May 31
Loan Forgiveness Programs
This program discharges any remaining debt on federal student loans after 10 years of full-time employment in public service and 120 payments.
Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition
For opera singers, ages 21-35, preparing for a professional career in opera. Audition deadlines: January (NY), February (LA).
Margaret Blackburn Composition Competition
$1000 grand prize for a female student composer enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate music program. Application deadline: April
Marine Band Concerto Competition
High school musicians grades 9-12 compete for a cash prize and a performance in Washington, D.C. Application deadline: early March
Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship
Vocal scholarships for talented, aspiring singers ages 21 – 28, with a vocal/music study background. Application deadline: October
Mark Zinger Memorial Foundation Violin Scholarship
Two $2500 scholarships awarded annually to violinists ages 17-23 pursuing an undergraduate degree in music at an accredited college-level program in the U.S. Application deadline: October 1
Music Business Association
Scholarships for high school seniors and college undergraduates.
NAMM Gard Scholarship Fund
Established by NAMM, the National Association for Music Merchants, renewable scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students employed by a NAMM-member music products industry company. Application deadline: July
National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)
Scholarships for NPM members in undergraduate and graduate pastoral music programs, for registration, tuition, fees, or books. Application deadline: April
National Federation of Music Clubs
Various scholarships for current college music majors (instrumental, vocal, music therapy, music education), summer arts programs, music education/outreach projects, festival attendance for college as well as high school students. Application deadline: varies by program.
Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation Musical Arts Scholarship
To support Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander students pursuing a degree in audio engineering, independent artist, instrumental performance, and musical performance. Application deadline: August 2
PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation
Annual scholarships for full-time college undergraduates of Greek American background with a minimum 3.5 GPA and financial need. Application deadline: March
peermusic Latin Scholarship
For songwriters and composers who are current students at colleges and universities located in the United States and Puerto Rico. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 24. All words and music must be original. Application deadline: April
PFLAG Scholarship Program
Graduating seniors entering college who identify within the LGBTQ spectrum or as an ally. Application deadlines: vary by state.
Percussive Arts Society
Scholarships and grants for student percussionists who are current members of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS). Applications open August 1
H.S. juniors and seniors of all backgrounds with leadership skills can be nominated for full tuition scholarships (NOT need-based) to attend Posse partner colleges and universities. Application deadline: Vary by city
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Given to students for significant volunteer services to their communities. Application deadline: November
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest
High school seniors who are legal residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas. Requires essay about an African-American individual who inspires and motivates you. Application deadline: February
Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship
Financial aid to full-time college undergrad or grad students majoring in music with a choral church music focus. Application deadline: February
Samsung American Legion Scholarships
For high school juniors to use in any college major. Must be the descendant (child, grandchild, or great-grandchild) of a U.S. veteran who served in active duty during a period of war. Application deadline: varies by state. On hold for 2020.
SCI (Society of Composers)
Prizes for high school, undergraduate, graduate composers. Application deadline: May
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
List of College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities
Sinfonia Educational Foundation (SEF) Scholarships
Applicants must be college chapter members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national men’s fraternal music society, to apply for $500 – $2500 scholarships. Application deadline: May
Soros Fellowships for New Americans
For graduate school students and applicants age 30 and under who are New Americans. Application deadline: October 29
Open to current U.S. residents who are Black or Latino and play the Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. Cash scholarships, summer program scholarships and college/conservatory scholarships. Application deadline: October
The James and Virginia M. Smyth Scholarship Fund
For applicants from Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas and Tennessee. 4-year renewable scholarships. Application deadline: February
The Music Center’s Spotlight Program
A scholarship and arts training program for high school students in Southern California in these categories of music: classical and non-classical voice; jazz instrumental; classical instrumental. Application deadline: October
Top of the Rock Peggy Gram Scholarship
Scholarships for college women studying Music Education or Vocal Performance Education at the secondary level. Awarded in spring for the following school year. Application deadline: March 15
Tuesday Musical Club of Pittsburgh
Bi-annual scholarships for high school and college music majors whose permanent residence is within 100 miles of Pittsburgh. Applications begin January.
Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club
Scholarships for students graduating from Mississippi high schools and pursuing music in college. Application deadline: February
U.S. Bank Scholarship Program
Not specific to music. Available to high school seniors and college undergraduates. Winners selected at random. Eligibility: high school senior planning to enroll in or a current undergraduate college student at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien. Application deadline: October
Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (VEA)Classical clarinet, saxophone and jazz categories for U.S. musicians ages 18-23. Application deadline: December
VSA International Young Soloists Program
The VSA (international Organization on Arts and Disability) International Young Soloists Award is given annually to young musicians with disabilities ages 25 and under. Ensembles with at least one member with a disability are also eligible. Applications open during Fall.
Wilshire Quinn Musical Arts Scholarship
$10,000 scholarship for tuition based on submission of a short performance plus personal statement. For ages 17-24, must be enrolled in a U.S. college or university as a music major or minor. Application deadline: May 1
Women Band Directors International
Women Band Directors International (WBDI) offers scholarships to female college students majoring in music education with the intention of becoming band directors. Applications open September 2021.
Yates & Wheland
$1000 scholarship for high school senior, college student or grad student. Essay required about a personal experience dealing with adversity. Deadline for application: September 30.
Monetary awards to promising high school students in all of the performing and visual arts plus writing. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts are chosen from YoungArts Finalists. Application deadline: October
Young Artist Competition for Bassoon and Oboe
Sponsored by the International Double Reed Society for musicians under age 22. Competitions alternate annually between oboe and bassoon. Applications open in January.
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