ASCAP Foundation: Grants for College Performing Arts


OVERVIEW: The ASCAP Foundation provides yearly grants to nonprofit organizations engaging in "music education and talent development programs that are consistent with the mission and objectives of the ASCAP Foundation." This includes a long list of scholarships for a wide range of higher ed music students, but institutional higher ed grants are not a priority for the foundation.

IP TAKE: Most of the scholarships ASCAP Foundation offers are specific to particular programs and institutions, so review each award carefully to make sure you qualify.

PROFILE: The goals of the ASCAP Foundation are summarized as "nurturing the music talent of tomorrow, preserving the legacy of the past and sustaining the creative incentive for today's creators through a variety of educational, professional, and humanitarian programs and activities which serve the entire music community."

In terms of institutional or program grants, colleges and universities are out of luck - grants are by invitation only, and colleges and universities have not been the target of its funding. In most cases, awardees are recommended or chosen by faculty members, so keep that in mind as you work through the list below:

Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee College of Music: A tuition scholarship awarded to a Berklee student majoring in songwriting.

Betty Rose Scholarship: This award goes to a graduate student composer in the ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program at USC, who is either “an ASCAP member or an unaffiliated student who is pursuing a career in television and film scoring.”

BMG Chrysalis Scholarship in Honor of Quincy Jones: This scholarship goes to an “African-American college or university student majoring in music” at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Syracuse University and SUNY Oneonta with a focus on composing, arranging, producing, conducting and performing.

Boosey & Hawkes Young Composer Award Honoring Aaron Copland: This award goes to a “graduating senior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.”

Chein García Alonso Scholarship: This scholarship is for a “songwriter, musician and/or vocalist of Latino heritage from a Newark, New Jersey high school who plans to study music at the college level.”

Fran Morgenstern Davis Scholarships: Two awards are give each year to “full-time undergraduate music students at the Manhattan School of Music in jazz composition and musical theatre” who show both “financial need” and the “potential to produce creative and original work.”

Freddy Bienstock Scholarship & Internship: This award goes towards paying tuition for “an  NYU Music Business student interested in music publishing who completes a full-time summer internship at Carlin America.”

Frederick Loewe Scholarship This award is for “a student of musical theater composition at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.”

Henry Mancini Music Fellowship: This fellowship is for a “composer participating in the ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop or the ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Workshop.”

Irving Burgie Scholarship: Given to an “African-American songwriter from New York City,” this award is available only to students at Berklee and USC.

Joan & Irwin Robinson Scholarship: NYU faculty give this award to a “music business undergraduate or graduate student demonstrating leadership, knowledge, dedication, skill and career potential.”

Louis Armstrong Scholarship Honoring W.C. Handy: Each year one student from Mt. Vernon High School “who has been accepted to an accredited college or university” is given this award “based on abilities in music performance and composition.”

Louis Armstrong Scholarship at Queens College: This award goes to a jazz composition student enrolled at CUNY’s Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

Louis Armstrong Scholarship at the University of New Orleans: UNO faculty select the recipient for this award, meant to give “a talented jazz composer who has limited financial resources the opportunity to study music in a formal academic environment.”

Louis Dreyfus Warner-Chappell City College Scholarship: A student of composition “in either the B.A. or B.F.A. program at the City College/City University of New York” can receive this award “for a score written for dance, film/video or theater.”

Max Dreyfus Scholarship: Every year, a “composition student at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts” is selected by the school’s faculty to receive this award.

Vic Mizzy Scholarship: This award goes to a “graduate student in the Scoring for Film & Multimedia program at New York University's Steinhardt School.”

ASCAP also offers a number of scholarship options for music education at the pre-collegiate level.


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