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 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 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 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 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.