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.

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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!

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • 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.

    The scholarship awards $1,000 to be applied toward school tuition and fees. Please note that funds will be disbursed directly to the educational institution in the student’s name. To be [...] More

Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To be eligible for the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors/graduates and accepted to UAB. There are no applications for this scholarship: via audition and testing, the student must prove to be of substantial talent and show promise for continued excellence in music. There will be a strong focus on incoming freshmen; however, current UAB [...] More

Augustana College Rissing Scholarship for Future ELCA Church Leaders

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • In a state known for the unknowns when it comes to funding for public education, Augustana is more affordable than families might think. Once they receive their financial aid packages, students and families can be surprised at the cost difference between a private, independent college and a large, regional public university. It’s a difference that can be missed during a family’s initial review of [...] More

Augustana University Pro Musica Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • 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.
    Criteria for maintaining a scholarship varies by department and is generally a commitment to participate in departmental ensembles, performances or activities. [...] More

Bemidji State Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2023
  • 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. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

Berklee College Thrive Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Thrive Scholarship is a Berklee initiative that is designed to invest in continuing undergraduate (degree and diploma) students at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need, and are on track to graduate on time. We know that students who maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better, consistently attempt and complete at [...] More

Berklee Merit-Based Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • In addition to holding auditions in Boston, Berklee travels to more than 50 cities throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America in search of talented artists who are pursuing a college education in music, theater, or dance. The college also hosts teaching and performance programs across the United States and the world, including in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Italy, and [...] More

BRAF Paul F. Brown Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Mr. Paul F. Brown loved 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 is to support students who demonstrate a love for music. The Paul F. Brown Scholarship is to awarded to an incoming freshman accepted to the Louisiana State University School of Music as [...] More

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship is for full-time African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in performing arts including, but not limited to, drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands, and other musical ensembles.

    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who is preparing to pursue, or is currently pursuing, an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral [...] More

CFJS Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/18/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The CFJS Scholarship competition awards amateur jazz musicians who are high school seniors or students in the first 3 years of college studying jazz music. Applicants must be residents of, or attend/plan to attend a college in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard or Volusia counties.) A live audition at Rollins College is required. Awards can be used for school expenses, private [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 currently enrolled Wayne State University LGBT students, although all Wayne State University students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with [...] More

CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 24 fellowships in music composition. In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. All creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage who are not researchers, students or professional performing [...] More

Curtis Institute of Music/Tuition Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Prospective Curtis Institute 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: 2/15/2023
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards 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. Applicants must [...] More

Friends of MCC Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • In addition to several general scholarships available, several other specialized scholarships are available in: accounting, anthropology, art, athletics, business, construction management, culinary, cultural diversity, diversity, education/early childhood education, first generation, FIT fitness instructor training, GED, healthcare, horticulture/plant science, humanities, journalism/writing, [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 in West Michigan 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 [...] More

GRCF Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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: 3/1/2023
  • 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: 3/1/2023
  • 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

Heidelberg University Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Heidelberg University is always looking for students who share a genuine commitment to our core values—pursuit of excellence, personal responsibility and integrity, purposeful experience, and a joy of learning and discovery. Heidelberg students want to do more than just succeed: they want to thrive. The Office of Financial Aid administers a comprehensive program of scholarships, grants, loans, [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Music

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • We do everything we can to make sure that a Hope College experience provides great value at an affordable rate. This focus has earned the College recognition as a Best Value by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Forbes’ Top Colleges, and inclusion in such books as Colleges That Change Lives and Putting Students First. Our students tell us that the financial aid they received made their dream of [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is a $1,500 scholarship to help support student's future arts education. Applicants must be outstanding Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts. Applicants must also plan to attend college in Iowa and major in the fine arts. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

John R. Pandolfi Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • 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

MPower Artist Grants

  • Application Deadline: 2/17/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The MPower Artist Grants were launched to empower alumni of the Sphinx Competition, Sphinx Symphony, Sphinx Virtuosi, Sphinx Performance Academy, Sphinx Medals of Excellence and EXIGENCE 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 primary component [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • 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 (and a US citizen). 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. [...] More

Oregon Music Hall of Fame Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • 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 or minors.

    Recipients are publicly recognized at an award presentation where each performs onstage, demonstrating mastery of his/her instrument. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

OSRHE Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Program ensures that eligible child care professionals in the state of Oklahoma have an opportunity to attend a technology center or community college to further their education while earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, Certificate of Mastery, Director's Certificate of Completion, and/or an associate degree in child development or [...] More

Presbyterian College Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Presbyterian College music department offers scholarships to students who major or minor in music, and to students who wish to participate in music (lessons and ensembles). Students must audition to be considered for a music scholarship. Scholarship requirements will be based on the audition. For more information about the application and audition repertoire, visit the website above. [...] More

Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Ruth K. Jacobs Memorial Scholarship 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, whose primary interest is choral music with children and youth. Scholarships are given on the basis of academic merit, interest in church music (especially children's and youth choirs), and ministry [...] More

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • SFCM has a very generous scholarship program. 99% of our students receive merit-based scholarships. Merit-based scholarship is determined by your audition, departmental needs, academic transcripts, and recommendation letters. All admitted students are considered for merit-based scholarship. If you are only applying for merit-based scholarship, you do not need to complete the FAFSA or CSS [...] More

UCA Music Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/23/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The UCA Music Scholarships are offered 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 students, or piano [...] More

Valley City State University STARS Waiver

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Financial Aid comes in several forms: grants, scholarships, loans, work study and waivers. All students are encouraged to apply for aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA provides the foundation for opportunities that award multiple types of state, federal, and institutional funding while attending college. Families can apply for financial aid by [...] More
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