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    Top 83 Music Scholarships🎶 in June 2024

    Written by Maria Geiger

    Maria Geiger is Director of Content at Scholarships360. She is a former online educational technology instructor and adjunct writing instructor. In addition to education reform, Maria’s interests include viewpoint diversity, blended/flipped learning, digital communication, and integrating media/web tools into the curriculum to better facilitate student engagement. Maria earned both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University, an M. Ed. in Education from Monmouth University, and a Virtual Online Teaching Certificate (VOLT) from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Updated: June 2nd, 2024

    Music is such a passion for certain students that they want to make a career out of doing what they love. While a career as a music teacher is rewarding for many, there are other options, including audio engineering, video game sound design, and music therapy. Whatever musical career path you decide upon, you can undoubtedly use a few scholarships to help fund your education.

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    Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

    Offered by From The Top

    20 awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Students

    Offered by From The Top

    Are you a musician between the ages 8 and 18? If so, consider applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award! The scholarship is…Show More

    Are you a musician between the ages 8 and 18? If so, consider applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award! The scholarship is…Show More

    Are you a musician between the ages 8 and 18? If so, consider applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award! The scholarship is open to pre-collegiate music students who need financial help to offset the costs of studying classical music at a high level in the United States. Applicants must be classical instrumentalists, vocalists, or composers with strong musical ability and a willingness to participate in the Learning and Media Lab Fellowship. Twenty lucky students are chosen each year to earn up to $10,000 to cover instrument purchases, summer camp tuition, college audition travel expenses, private lessons, and other music-related needs. If you're a pre-collegiate musician passionate about your musical education, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    20 awards worth up to $10,000
    Expected deadline April 2025
    Grade Level High School Students
    Get Started

    “Creativity Takes Courage” Scholarship for Art Students

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    This award is open to students studying any form of visual and/or performing arts who write an essay expressing their views on creativity and courage.…Show More

    This award is open to students studying any form of visual and/or performing arts who write an essay expressing their views on creativity and courage.…Show More

    This award is open to students studying any form of visual and/or performing arts who write an essay expressing their views on creativity and courage. The French artist Henri Matisse once said, “another word for creativity is courage.” Artists can be loved and appreciated for their work, but they also have the potential to be criticized and rejected. Releasing art into the world involves overcoming fear and self-doubt. Even the most successful artists grapple with questions like “am I good enough?” or “will people like this?” If you’re a creative student who has ever struggled with these questions, we encourage you to apply for this scholarship! See the “Application Information” section below for details regarding the essay prompt. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application! Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jan 31, 2025
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Gucci Changemakers North America Scholarship

    Offered by Gucci

    Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
    Expected deadline February 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Gucci

    Are you a current or incoming college student planning to major in design, marketing, art, film, communications, or another creative field? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming college student planning to major in design, marketing, art, film, communications, or another creative field? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming college student planning to major in design, marketing, art, film, communications, or another creative field? If so, consider applying for the Gucci Changemakers North America Scholarship! The scholarship is open to diverse students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a creative field in North America. The scholarship is offered by the leading Italian fashion brand Gucci in order to increase inclusion and diversity within the fashion industry as well as across communities and cities. Since March 2019, the fund has aimed to support and empower a new era of diverse artists looking to gain experiences across the fashion industry. Each year, recipients earn up to $20,000 to help pay for tuition, educational expenses, as well as room and board costs. If you are passionate about a career in design, art, or other creative areas and are looking for some help with college expenses, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
    Expected deadline February 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

    The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    $2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Sallie Mae

    Easy Application

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

    Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

    1 award worth $2,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
    Apply

    Lessons In Your Home Scholarship

    Offered by Lessons In Your Home

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

    Offered by Lessons In Your Home

    The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is an opportunity for college students to pursue their passion for music. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a…Show More

    The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is an opportunity for college students to pursue their passion for music. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a…Show More

    The Lessons In Your Home Scholarship is an opportunity for college students to pursue their passion for music. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a U.S. institution and studying aspects of music, music business, performance, or production (major or minor in any music school program.). High school seniors are also welcome to apply. To be considered, applicants must provide proof of enrollment, an essay, the link to a YouTube performance of them playing, singing, or directing music, and any other necessary information. This $500 scholarship can only be used for educational expenses including tuition, books, rooming, and other appropriate expenses. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, don't miss out on this chance to further your music education!Show Less

    1 award worth $500
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
    Get Started

    $40,000 Build a College List Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application
    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Jim Ott Scholarship

    Offered by Sponsors of Musical Enrichment

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Sponsors of Musical Enrichment

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student who is a part of Drum Corps and is or will be majoring in music in college?…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student who is a part of Drum Corps and is or will be majoring in music in college?…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming undergraduate student who is a part of Drum Corps and is or will be majoring in music in college? If so, you may be eligible for the Jim Ott Scholarship! This scholarship, named in honor of the legendary Jim Ott, renowned for his brilliant brass arrangements for Drum & Bugle Corps such as the Stockton Commodores, Concord Blue Devils, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, annually awards $5,000 to one impressive current or incoming college student who is part of a Drum Corps. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, and you'd like to honor Jim's legacy, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $5,000
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship

    Offered by Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans

    Multiple awards worth up to $6,500
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans

    The Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship annually awards up to $6,500 to multiple college sophomores and upperclassmen of Italian heritage who reside in Illinois.…Show More

    The Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship annually awards up to $6,500 to multiple college sophomores and upperclassmen of Italian heritage who reside in Illinois.…Show More

    The Nick & Helena Patti Foundation Scholarship annually awards up to $6,500 to multiple college sophomores and upperclassmen of Italian heritage who reside in Illinois. Preference will be given to those who (a) are pursuing a degree in music or education or (b) were orphaned or raised in a foster home. If you're a college student of Italian heritage from Illinois, and you are pursuing a degree in music or education or were orphaned or raised in a foster home, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading for more application details!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $6,500
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    Carol and Jonathan Price Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship

    Offered by Bedford County Arts Council

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Mar 15, 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Bedford County Arts Council

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Bedford County, Tennesee with a demonstrated passion for any art form? If so, the Carol and Jonathan…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Bedford County, Tennesee with a demonstrated passion for any art form? If so, the Carol and Jonathan…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior from Bedford County, Tennesee with a demonstrated passion for any art form? If so, the Carol and Jonathan Price Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one (1) young artist currently in their final year of high school at any school in Bedford County, Tennesee. Eligible art forms include: Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Theatrical Arts, or Dance. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit a resume, a 750-word essay, one recommendation from a teacher or coach in their artistic area/genre, and examples or a small portfolio of their art. If you're a Bedford County (Tennesee) high school senior with a passion for art, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $1,000
    Deadline Mar 15, 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship

    Offered by Manhattanville College

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Manhattanville College

    The Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship is one of Manhattanville College's Merit Scholarships that is exclusively open to full-time, first-year and transfer students at…Show More

    The Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship is one of Manhattanville College's Merit Scholarships that is exclusively open to full-time, first-year and transfer students at…Show More

    The Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship is one of Manhattanville College's Merit Scholarships that is exclusively open to full-time, first-year and transfer students at Manhattanville College who have an interest in pursuing a career in the fine and performing arts. Eligible arts include Dance, Musical Theatre, Studio Art, and Theatre. While students pursuing Dance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre must submit an audition, it is not required (only recommended) for those applying to the Art (Studio) Program. As the requirements for each specific type of visual/performing art scholarship slightly differ, we recommend checking out the audition and portfolio requirements for more information.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Rolling
    Grade Level College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    Hartford Jazz Society Scholarship

    Offered by Hartford Jazz Society Inc.

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $3,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by Hartford Jazz Society Inc.

    The Hartford Jazz Society Scholarship is calling all music majors with a passion for jazz who reside in the Connecticut Capitol Region. To be considered,…Show More

    The Hartford Jazz Society Scholarship is calling all music majors with a passion for jazz who reside in the Connecticut Capitol Region. To be considered,…Show More

    The Hartford Jazz Society Scholarship is calling all music majors with a passion for jazz who reside in the Connecticut Capitol Region. To be considered, applicants must provide two letters of reference, with one coming from a music teacher or school music director. Don't miss out on this opportunity to showcase your love for jazz and receive financial support for your education.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $3,000
    Expected deadline June 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship

    Offered by Against the Grain Productions

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Against the Grain Productions

    Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a…Show More

    Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a major in a performing or visual art field, journalism, and/or mass communications? If so, the Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to an Asian/Pacific Islander applicant with an impressive artistic portfolio and thoughtful essay about their art. The scholarship is funded by Against the Grain Productions, an organization dedicated to promoting leadership, unity, and artistry in the Asian American community. If you would like to display your artwork while receiving financial help for college, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    ASCAP Foundation Leiber & Stoller Scholarship for Songwriters

    Offered by American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation

    1 award worth $2,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation

    Are you a college-bound high school senior who will be majoring in music and is an aspiring songwriter, musician, or vocalist? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior who will be majoring in music and is an aspiring songwriter, musician, or vocalist? If so, consider applying…Show More

    Are you a college-bound high school senior who will be majoring in music and is an aspiring songwriter, musician, or vocalist? If so, consider applying for the ASCAP Foundation Leiber & Stoller Scholarship for Songwriters! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to the applicant who submits the best original song. The scholarship may be received for up to four years, allowing recipients to earn a total of $10,000 over the course of a four-year undergraduate program. If you're an aspiring musician in your final year of high school, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    1 award worth $2,500
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels

    Offered by Bold.org

    Easy Application

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

    1 award worth $25,000
    Deadline Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Micky Golomb Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by The Jazz Society of Fairfield County

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by The Jazz Society of Fairfield County

    Are you a budding jazz musician living in Fairfield County, Connecticut? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Micky Golomb Memorial Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a budding jazz musician living in Fairfield County, Connecticut? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Micky Golomb Memorial Scholarship!…Show More

    Are you a budding jazz musician living in Fairfield County, Connecticut? If so, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Micky Golomb Memorial Scholarship! The Jazz Society of Fairfield County offers up to $5,000 for tuition assistance to students who are enrolled in a music degree program and dedicated to pursuing a career in jazz performance and/or jazz education. About Micky Golomb Myron “Micky” Golomb was a well-regarded saxophonist, educator and habitué of the Jazz Society’s Thursday evening sessions. The Society established the scholarship to honor Micky’s memory through financial support of deserving student musicians in Fairfield County.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
    Expected deadline May 2025
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Get Started

    $1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application
    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    Offered by Appily

    Easy Application

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

    This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

    Monthly awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply
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    Top 3 scholarships for music students overall

    We’ve hand-picked the following scholarships based on the strong reputation of their organizations, the value of the awards, and being open to a wide number of students. Apply with confidence to these 3 top scholarships for music students:

    • Gucci Changemakers North America Scholarship – For current or incoming college students majoring in marketing, art, design, film, communications, or other creative fields. Worth $20,000
    • Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award – For musicians between the ages 8 and 18 who plan to study classical music at a high level in the United States. Worth $10,000
    • Ocean Awareness Scholarship – For students aged 11-18 who submit writing, artwork, or a dance piece about the importance of conserving the ocean. Worth $1,500

    Whether you are interested in pursuing an education in composition or performing arts, in classical music, world music, rock, jazz, funk, or any type of genre, we’ve got scholarships for you. Keep on reading to learn more about our top music scholarships including eligibility, award amount, and application deadlines!

    How to win music scholarships

    Like any type of scholarship, music scholarships receive a lot of applications. To stand out and win a scholarship, you’ll have to put a lot of thought into your essays and application materials. Before you begin applying, try sitting down and doing some reflection. Think about what has led you to pursue a music education, and how you work your background, upbringing, and culture into your work.

    If you have already completed your own projects or been a member of an ensemble, think about how these experiences have shaped your goals and demonstrated your potential. Consider the change you hope to make in the world through your music, where you want to be in 5 years, and how you plan to get there.

    Next it’s time to get your brainstorming down on paper. Don’t worry about grammar or succinctness here, just get your ideas on the page in bullet points or sentence fragments or whatever feels most natural to you. Once you begin writing your essays, these notes will come in handy often.

    Also see: Top summer music programs for high school students

    Writing a great essay

    Writing a great scholarship essay is a unique craft that takes some time to get used to. Luckily, we can help you do it through guides on how to write a winning scholarship essay, how to start and end your essay, and how to write about yourself. We can also help you respond to common scholarship essay prompts, including “Why do you deserve this scholarship?” Finally, check out our guides to tailoring your writing to 250 or 500 word limits.

    Resources for music students

    Delta Omicron

    Delta Omicron is an international business fraternity for music students of all gender identities. They have chapters at many colleges throughout the country and facilitate lectures, recitals, networking opportunities, and much more.

    American Music Therapy Association

    The AMTA is a national organization that helps support and develop the field of music therapy all across the country. Student membership is only $95 per year and comes with perks such as literature from the organization, networking opportunities, and trainings.

    Need-based financial aid for music students

    If you are a current or prospective music major, you may also qualify for need-based financial aid through your college or through the government. There are two major financial aid applications you should know about:

    Be sure to check-in with your college to see what applications are required for need-based financial aid.

    Frequently asked questions about music scholarships

    Do I need to major in music for music scholarships?



    Some music scholarships require that their applicants be majors, while others will accept hobby musicians. Opportunities such as the John Lennon Scholarship award students based on their music submission, but do not require them to study music in college. However, scholarships such as the one offered at Berklee College of Music require that you major in the field.

    There may also be some scholarships that allow students who minor or concentrate in music. The rules will vary by scholarship, so if you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to reach out to the organization offering the scholarship. It can never hurt to make sure, and it might even help your chances of winning the scholarship by showing your interest.

    Can I get music scholarships for all types of music?

    Yes! Whether you’re making jazz, classical, rock, rap, or anything else, there are scholarships out there for you. Keep in mind, some scholarships are tailored towards students of a particular genre. So, it may be a good idea to seek out an opportunity that is meant for students of the specific type of music you make. That being said, there are opportunities for every type of music out there.

    Are there music scholarships for both playing and composing?

    Yes – there are a wide range of music scholarships available, and some can be for performance, some for composition, and some for either/or!  

    Can I get a scholarship for music production?



    Music production and audio engineering students have less scholarships available than some other fields, but they are certainly out there! The Audio Engineering Society has a great list of scholarship opportunities for audio engineering students in undergrad or graduate programs. Some are even offered by the society itself.

    Audio engineering students can also reach out to the institution they hope to attend, or even look into local scholarships as a way to fund their education.

    Do colleges offer music scholarships?

    Many colleges offer music scholarships! Music schools such as Berklee offer the most generous scholarships, but are also often more competitive. Liberal arts schools also tend to offer merit-based music scholarships. For example, Kenyon College offers a $15,000 per semester scholarship to applicants who show promise in the field of music.

    What instrument is most likely to get a scholarship?

    First, it’s important to say that any instrument can earn you a scholarship. You should base your decision of an instrument to play on what you are passionate about, rather than which can earn a scholarship most easily. You’ll have the best chance of earning a scholarship on the instrument that inspires you the most.

    That being said, it is generally easiest to get a scholarship for an instrument that is not especially competitive. Instruments such as the harp, oboe, french horn, trombone, and the bassoon are less widely played than more common instruments like the guitar, piano, or drums. So, schools will likely be more willing to offer scholarships to students that play these instruments to create a diverse student base.

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