Music Scholarships

Studies have shown that students who complete music courses score higher on their SATs, have higher GPAs and receive more academic honors than their counterparts. But once they graduate from high school, it’s not a test score but a love for music that drives them to continue their studies.

Those who aspire to be exceptional musicians are often faced with fierce competition - competition that makes many reconsider a future in the music business. Because a postsecondary education is costly regardless of major and students are frequently forced to opt for better-paid, more secure fields, the ones they know will make it easier to earn a living and pay down their student loans.

This is an unfortunate side effect of the rising tuition costs, but we’re determined to reverse the trend through providing deserving students with music scholarship opportunities. The University of Hawaii, Westmont College and the ASCAP offer various music scholarships but for students looking for more options, Scholarships.com is THE place to look.

Scholarships.com is dedicated to helping students pursue a career based on their interests rather than their finances. When students complete our free college scholarships search, they can find information about numerous music scholarships - awards specifically restricted to those planning to study music. Information about more than 2.7 million scholarships and grants can be found at our site. At Scholarships.com, students will have free access to our college search, a regularly updated education blog and detailed information about college scholarships, grants, fellowships, internships and student loans. And that’s just the beginning. Music to our ears!

Aerosmith Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Berklee has more than $40 million in merit-based scholarship funds available to prospective and continuing students. As an applicant to the college's full-time degree or diploma programs, you will automatically be considered for scholarships through the audition and interview process. The Aerosmith Scholarship is open to music business/management majors at Berklee College of Music, who have a GPA [...] More

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/7/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications. Scholarship Winners will be invited to attend our annual charity event, Fashion for a Passion, held in the fall in Dallas, Texas. Applicants must be a US citizen, national or permanent [...] More

Augustana College Rissing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Rissing Scholarship is awarded each year to students who wish to prepare for professional leadership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Award is renewable by maintaining a 2.5 Augustana cumulative grade-point average.
    Applicant must have an interest in professional leadership in the church, in ministry, music ministry, outdoor ministry, religious education, theology, social [...] More

Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition competition is offered annually. Candidates must submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 recordings, two should be recent works. Recordings must accompany scores. Scores must be digitally scanned in PDF form. A list of all works (including the date of each) must be provided, showing which works have been performed or read. All [...] More

Cancer for College Dear Jack Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • For the Dear Jack Scholarship, in addition to meeting all requirements for a general scholarship, an applicant must be a music major, or related field of study. Must have ability to express how you plan to pursue music as a career. Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Awards are typically $5,000. Applicants must [...] More

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship was established in 2000 in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in the performing arts receive financial assistance. Performing arts includes theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching bands, etc. Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC member’s district. To determine your [...] More

CFJS Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The CFJS Scholarships are for students studying jazz music. There are no age limits; just be a student in your senior year of high school or your first three years of college. Awards can be used for school expenses, private lessons or an instrument. A live audition at Rollins College is a requirement. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to LGBT students although all students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with majors in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts who [...] More

CSUB Armand Hammer Fine Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Armand Hammer Fine Arts Scholarship was established to support CSUB students majoring in Fine Arts (e.g., theatre, music, art, etc.). In order to apply, you must fulfill the following criteria: be enrolled full-time; majoring in Fine Arts; upper-division; minimum 3.0 GPA; be in the top 20% of their Fine Arts discipline; exhibit outstanding talent in your field. Preference is given to those [...] More

CSUB Dr. George B. Hibbard Retirement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Dr. George B. Hibbard Retirement Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Hibbard on the occasion of his retirement as the Vice President of Student Affairs in 2005. Students must be involved in the music department. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Curtis Institute of Music/Tuition Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Prospective students must submit admissions applications by the deadline in order to be scheduled for an audition. Admissions decisions are based solely on merit. Students are accepted for study at Curtis exclusively on the basis of their artistic talent and promise. All students admitted to Curtis are provided merit-based full-tuition scholarships regardless of their financial situation. For [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more [...] More

GRCF Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship, students must be Kent County residents (two-year minimum) and a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in music at any college in the U.S. Applicants must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

GRCF Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship, students must be undergraduate or graduate-level students studying the violin, viola, violoncello or the bass viol. There are no residency or financial need requirements for this award. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

GRCF Mildred E. Troske Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Mildred E. Troske Music Scholarship, students must be Kent County residents (two-year minimum) studying music at a summer camp program or be an undergraduate music major. Applicants must have financial need and a minimum 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Music

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Auditions are open to all prospective Hope students, on any instrument or voice, regardless of intended major. Music scholarship recipients are required to take lessons and participate in music department ensembles.
    Each audition will be approximately 10 minutes long and audition pieces should be prepared in their entirety. Select literature that you have studied thoroughly and that you and your [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Iowa Scholarship for the Arts. Apply for a $1,500 scholarship to help support your future arts education.
    You must be an outstanding Iowa high school senior who excels and demonstrates a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts. You must plan to attend college in Iowa and major in the fine arts.For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Jimi Hendrix Scholarship Fund - Guitar

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Berklee College of Music's Endowed Funds are scholarships established by named donors to assist talented students. Eligibility for these funds is based on the standard procedures for applying for scholarship consideration as an entering student. Students typically cannot apply for these funds separately. Rather, accepted students are nominated for particular funds based on their participation in [...] More

John R. Pandolfi Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Tri-County Music Association, Inc. is offering conditional scholarships to students attending a four-year college or university as a music major. Students' families must be residents of the Tri-County (Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable). More than 100 students have received scholarship awards over the years. Previous applicants/recipients may reapply, and it is strongly recommended that you [...] More

L.D. "Dusty" Rhoades and Josephine Wright Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • L.D. "Dusty" Rhoades and Josephine Wright Memorial Scholarship provides one scholarship awarded annually to a student who has declared a Science or Music major or minor. Additional criteria includes cumulative GPA and financial needs. Alternates each year between Science/Music. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. Music, sculpture, [...] More

Oklahoma Future Teachers Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Future Teachers Scholarship Program was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education as an incentive to encourage the preparation of teachers in critical shortage areas in the public schools of Oklahoma.

    Eligibility:
    -The student must be a resident of Oklahoma
    -The student must be nominated by the college in which they are enrolled on the basis of: cumulative high [...] More

Paul F. Brown Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Mr. Paul F. Brown had a great love for music. He showed his love by supporting local music organizations such as the Baton Rouge Opera, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the LSU School of Music. The purpose of this scholarship, named in his honor, is to support students who have also demonstrated a love for music. This scholarship is to be awarded to an incoming freshman accepted to the [...] More

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Conservatory awards scholarships on the basis of musical ability, financial need and the musical needs of the school. Scholarship awards and tuition do not increase proportionally. Scholarships are available to full-time students in the Music Diploma program, the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree programs, the Artist Certificate program, the Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal [...] More

The ASCAP Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • ASCAP Foundation Scholarship programs seek to ensure that opportunities for the study of music are available to students at all levels. Unless otherwise indicated, it is the music faculty at each High School, College or University that selects scholarship recipients for their particular school. The scholarship recipient is not selected by The ASCAP Foundation. Check with the financial aid office [...] More

The R.L. Gillette Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.

    All applicants must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens. All applications must include the following items, without exception:
    -Completed online application including all sections of the essay
    -Official transcripts
    -Two [...] More

UCA Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year the UCA Department of Music awards scholarships to promising incoming students. Traditionally, these scholarships are awarded through an audition process for the area of study in which the student will enter. Students MUST audition in order to be eligible for a scholarship in the Department of Music.These scholarships are awarded to outstanding band members, orchestra members, music [...] More

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Last Reviewed: January 2020