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: Varies
  • 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. For more [...] More

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/7/2019
  • 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

Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship was established in 1999 with funds from the Alumni Society Golf Tournament and the Alumni Casino Night. The Society supported the establishment of this scholarship in order to assist with the recruitment of talented performing student artists to UAB.

    To be eligible for this award, applicants must be high school seniors/graduates and [...] More

Arkansas Chamber Singers Vocal/Choral Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/16/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Through the years, music has been a force that has unifying powers. These powers speak to the human emotion, allowing order to transcend disorder and chaos and bring diverse cultures together for the betterment of humanity. Embracing this belief, the Arkansas Chamber Singers Vocal/Choral Music Scholarship is established with a mission in focus that will encourage and promote the art of choral [...] More

Augustana College Pro Musica Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Augustana Music Department offers scholarships to students who excel in the areas of vocal, instrumental and keyboard. In order to be considered for one of these scholarships, students must audition in his/her area of excellence.

    Scholarships are annual allocations and automatically renewable. Criteria for maintaining a scholarship varies by department and is generally a commitment to [...] More

Bemidji State Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Each year, the music faculty selects individuals with outstanding musical talent to receive scholarship awards of varying amounts, from $500 to full tuition scholarships. Candidates do not need to major in music to qualify for scholarship awards. On-campus or live auditions are required for full-tuition scholarships; recordings are accepted for others. Auditions are on February 25th for incoming [...] More

Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2019
  • 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: 1/31/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Since 1993, Cancer for College has provided hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Awards range from $1,000-$5,000. Applicants must be a cancer survivor who is enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S. and be a music major or related field of study with an ability to express how you plan to pursue music as a career. For more information or [...] More

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/22/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship is for full-time students with majors in the performing arts including, but not limited to, drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands, and other musical ensembles. Applicants must be currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time African American undergraduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more [...] More

CFJS Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2019
  • 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: 2/1/2019
  • 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

College-Bound Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • In 2001, Sphinx joined forces with the League of American Orchestras to execute and oversee its Music Assistance Fund for classical musicians of color. Now called the College-Bound Program, this program is designed to help aspiring musicians develop their skills as they prepare for professional careers. In addition to educational funds, all Sphinx Competition semi-finalists and alumni receive [...] More

CSUB Armand Hammer Fine Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship was established to support CSUB students majoring in Fine Arts (e.g., Theatre, Music, Art, etc.).

    Award Criteria:
    -Enrolled full-time
    -Majoring in the Fine Arts
    -Upper-division
    -Minimum 3.0 GPA
    -Be in the top 20% of the Fine Arts discipline
    -Exhibit outstanding talent in their field

    For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

CSUB Channing & Kullijian Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship was established by Carol Channing and Harry Kullijian to support creative visual and performing arts students and candidates for teacher credentials in art education. Applicants must be an undergraduate, graduate or credential student enrolled full-time; be pursuing a degree in visual or performing arts or a teaching credential in art education; Have a minimum grade point average [...] More

CSUB Dr. George B. Hibbard Retirement Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • This 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: 3/1/2019
  • 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 [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2019
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards prestigious 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 special reception. For [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • 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: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. 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 [...] More

GRCF Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    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 [...] More

GRCF Mildred E. Troske Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    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 [...] 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 [...] More

Indiana State University Jack E. and Virginia Carpenter Fine Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $500
  • Established in 1999 by Cheryl and C. Thomas Steiner to honor Cheryl's parents, Jack and Virginia Bradbury. Dr. and Mrs. Bradbury are both alumni of Indiana State University. The scholarship, which was established to assist needy students in the arts, is based in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Open to: sophomore or junior art student and Indiana resident, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in his/her [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • At the time of application, student applicants must be enrolled at the senior class level in an Iowa high school and display proven artistic ability in the areas of music, dance, visual arts, theater or literature. Scholarship funds are awarded contingent upon recipients being accepted as full-time undergraduate students at a fully-accredited Iowa college or university. For more information or to [...] More

Jimi Hendrix Scholarship Fund

  • 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: 4/1/2019
  • 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

JSU Alabama Harold Shamblin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Shamblin Family Scholarship was established through a bequest of Mr. Harold C. Shamblin of Gadsden, Alabama, for the benefit of deserving students who have been accepted to the College of Education and Professional Studies.

    For more information, please visit our website. [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Memorials and contributions from the Rhoades family established this endowed scholarship fund. One scholarship is awarded annually to a student who had declared a Science or Music major/minor. Additional criteria include cumulative GPA and financial need. The award alternates each year between Science/Music.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Lee A. Lyman Memorial Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Lee A. Lyman Memorial Music Scholarship was established by VSAC in 1995 in memory of Lee A. Lyman. Lee's love of music and her unfailing commitment to helping Vermont students afford a postsecondary education led VSAC to establish this scholarship in her memory. In order to apply, you must an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans); [...] More

Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Television Academy Foundation's Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Program awards two scholarships to graduating seniors (must be continuing directly to graduate school) and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D) to support and encourage them to pursue a career in children's media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogers' work. The scholarships are project-based and may not be used [...] More

MPower Artist Grants

  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The MPower Artist Grants were launched to empower alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, and Sphinx Medals of Excellence (years 2012 and 2013 only) to achieve their career objectives in classical music through granting competitive scholarships. Grants will range based upon the scope, need and nature of each competitive application. The [...] More

Neil J Simon Undergraduate Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Harmon E, Inc established this scholarship in honor of Neil J Simon. This scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to minority students in music-related under-graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. Applicants must be Caribbean students seeking enrollment in a music program. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.

    Applicants must be able demonstrate [...] More

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2019
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is pursuing an education in piano or voice. Special consideration is given to students currently attending the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. A performance CD must be submitted with the application. Recipients may reapply for consideration each year, for four years based on maintaining a [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2019
  • 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

Northern State University Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Northern State University offers music scholarships to music and non-music majors on the basis of auditions. If you are unable to attend auditions, you are required to submit a recording. Video recordings are preferred over audio-only.

    Applicants are required to complete three references by simply sending a link to anyone whom can provide the best and most accurate assessment of the [...] 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

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • OMHOF awards yearly scholarships to selected graduating Oregon high school seniors who have exhibited serious pursuit and accomplishment in their personal musicianship - and who are college-bound music majors.

    Each applicant should be a student studying music with the talent of instrument or voice graduating in the upcoming spring from an Oregon high school and continuing their collegiate [...] 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

Presbyterian College Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Prospective students who audition for scholarship assistance as a music major, minor or ensemble participant may receive scholarship offers based upon a variety of factors. While a demonstration of basic talent is important, other issues such as musical background, activities, desired level of involvement in the PC music program, attitude, and preparation are considered.

    When you record your [...] More

Randy Pausch Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment. Possible career paths for Randy Pausch applicants include (but are not limited to) art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition. Students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and be a full-time [...] More

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Choristers Guild was founded in Los Angeles by the late Ruth Krehbiel Jacobs, based on an idea - the systematic development of Christian character in boys and girls through the medium of the church Children's Choir. The Scholarship Fund provides financial aid to full-time students preparing for church music ministry. An applicant must be a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in music, [...] 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

Sue Dilts Memorial Art Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2019
  • Amount: $800
  • The Gratiot County Community Foundation, incorporated in 1992, is a vehicle for receiving charitable gifts that will remain forever in Gratiot County. As a non-profit corporation, we are classified as a public charity under the Internal Revenue Code, making donors eligible for federal tax deductions and a State of Michigan tax credit. Gifts to the Foundation may be in cash, real estate, [...] More

TCDA Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/29/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Texas Choral Directors Association annually awards scholarships to Texas college or university undergraduate music education or church music majors with 60 credit hours and at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 system, and to active TCDA members (three years of continuous active membership required) seeking assistance with higher education (graduate school or certification level workshops).

    Student [...] More

The ASCAP Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Foundation is dedicated to nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the entire music community.

    ASCAP Foundation Scholarship programs [...] More

The Fred W. Rissing and Florence J. Rissing Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Established by siblings Fred W. and Florence J. Rissing, this fund assists students who plan to prepare for professional leadership in the Lutheran church, and may be awarded to students who express interest in ministry in any of its forms. Rissing Scholarships are renewable annually, subject to maintenance of a grade-point average of 2.5 or above and evidence of continuing commitment to [...] More

The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • 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

The Jay Franke Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The mission of Diabetes Scholars Foundation is to support activities related to education for and about children with diabetes. This includes but is not limited to funding scholarships for diabetes education conferences and higher education.

    Sponsored by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, The Jay Franke Scholarship awards two $5,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes and [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. [...] More

The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) awards scholarships to deserving students who reside on Marco Island, FL. and who have demonstrated excellence in visual, literary or performing arts, and intend to study one of the arts at the college level. Scholarships to be awarded will be up to $1,000.

    Criteria:
    -Complete application form
    -Provide two letters of recommendation
    -Submit [...] More

The R.L. Gillette Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2019
  • 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

The Virginia Budge Award for the Creative and Performing Arts

  • Application Deadline: 4/17/2019
  • Amount: $500
  • To be eligible for The Virginia Budge Award, the applicant must be 12 years of age or older and attending school in Butler County, Ohio. Applicants must respond to three essay questions and submit three letters of recommendation (one from a current teacher/instructor in the applicant's field of fine arts, one from a current teacher/instructor not in the fine arts field, and one from the [...] More

UCA Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • These scholarships are awarded to outstanding band members, orchestra members, music students, or piano [...] More

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