Here’s an amazing scholarship for young musicians serious about their craft. The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award is open to musicians between the ages of 8 – 18. Twenty recipients will be awarded up to $10,000 and the opportunity to perform on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley.
Applicants must demonstrate (in order of importance):
- Exceptional musical achievement
Applicants must have strong musical ability and a willingness to perform on our NPR show. All recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award must also perform on From the Top and play at the same musical level as other young performers on the show.
- Unmet financial need
Applicants must substantiate a limited family income and insufficient funds to cover the cost of new instruments, music lessons, and/or summer music program tuition and travel expenses. While there is no formal cut-off, since program inception, 90% of our past recipients come from families with an annual household Adjusted Gross Income of less than $60,000. We take into consideration: high cost of living in some areas, extraordinary medical expenses, and number of dependents in college. You will have the opportunity to submit information about these special circumstances in the financial section of the application.
- Academic achievement
Applicants should possess strong scholastic records indicated by good grades (typically a GPA above 3.0 or mostly A’s and B’s), academic awards, and strong test scores (if available).
- Strength of character
Applicants should also possess a combination of drive/determination, initiative, maturity, leadership, an ability to overcome obstacles, and a commitment to giving back to one’s community.
Recipients will receive:
- National exposure through a featured radio performance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley.
- Up to $10,000 in financial support, which can be applied to instrument purchase, summer music camp expenses, private lessons, and other musical expenses.
- Participation in From the Top’s Arts Leadership Orientation.
- Creation and implementation of an Arts Leadership activity. Young Artist Award recipients will be responsible for creating and implementing their activities, but will receive support along the way to ensure successful completion and documentation. Learn more about From the Top’s Arts Leadership Program.
Students may apply for the scholarship at any time, but applications will be reviewed in three cycles throughout the year according to the below deadlines. All recipients are notified on a rolling admissions basis in accordance with our 2015–2016 taping season.
2015–2016 Deadline I: October 1, 2015
2015–2016 Deadline II: December 1, 2015
2015–2016 Deadline III: February 1, 2016
Note that it is free to apply for the scholarship (there is no application fee).
*Please note that high school seniors must apply by the October 1 deadline to be eligible.
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