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Five Music Scholarships that Can Help Musicians Pay for College


Like many of the other arts, a career in music can be both deeply rewarding and financially difficult. This is even more true for musicians who pursue a degree in their field of interest and also have incurred a large amount of student loans.

It goes without saying that a music scholarship can provide a huge leg up for the recently graduated professional musician. With that in mind, here is a list of five music scholarships that every music student should know about.

ASCAP Scholarships - $5,000 or more

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) offers over a dozen scholarships for composers from various musical genres. Their website is a composition student's dream come true when it comes to scholarship opportunities.

The ASCAP Foundation Music Scholarships

The Young Musicians Foundation - (40) $1,000 scholarships annually

The Young Musicians Foundation offers music scholarships for musicians age 9-25. With 40 scholarships of $1,000 each, offered in various categories for various instruments as well as vocalists, there is something for everyone here.

The Young Musicians Foundation Music Scholarships

The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society - $4,000, $2,000, and $1,000

The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers three scholarships to both vocalists and instrumentalists. A scholarship of $4,000, $2,000, and $1,000 is offered in each category. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior or a college freshman.

The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Music Scholarship

The BMI Foundation - $1,000 or more

The BMI Foundation offers 20 different scholarship programs, many honoring music icons such as Woody Guthrie and John Lennon. These programs are available to a wide range of students and musicians.

The BMI Foundation Music Scholarships

The Bel Canto Opera Scholarship Program - Amounts vary

Offering vital financial support to young singers for a quarter of a century, the Bel Canto Opera Scholarship is open to young opera students.

The Bel Canto Opera Scholarship Foundation

Good luck!

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