If you have a student involved in any type of extra-curricular activity, you already know how quickly the costs can add up with the lessons and equipment and in some cases travel. Seems like every time you turn around, another bill or expense pops up.
Well, the NPR show From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation can help if you have an exceptional young artist-in-training. They’re are looking for classical musicians between the ages of 8-18 for their Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. They will choose 20 musicians to receive up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of studying classical music at a high level and the opportunity to perform on the national broadcast From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley.
Whether they are classical instrumentalists, vocalists, or composers, they’re eligible as long as they have not entered college and have an interest in performing on From the Top. They should also demonstrate a financial need to meet the costs of his/her musical pursuits ie, new instruments, music lessons, summer festival tuition, and travel, etc. About 90% of their past winners have an annual household Adjusted Gross Income of under $60,000
Other qualities they’re looking for are strong scholastic achievement indicated by good grades, academic awards, and strong test scores as well as a demonstration of drive, initiative, maturity, leadership, and a commitment to giving back to one’s community.
Applications will be reviewed in three cycles throughout the year:
2016–2017 Deadline I: October 3, 2016*
2016–2017 Deadline II: January 9, 2017
2016–2017 Deadline III: March 1, 2017