*NOTE* As of August 10, 2019, From the Top’s online application has transitioned to a new online platform called SurveyMonkey Apply. The content of the application, as well as the review process, has not changed. Any unreviewed applications submitted via our old platform, FluidReview, are currently being reviewed. Any new applications will be completed using SurveyMonkey Apply.

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  • NPR's From the Top
    We welcome applications from classically-trained musicians, ages 8-18, who have not graduated from high school. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, although applicants interested in a specific recording may indicate so on their application. Live auditions are also held periodically across the country, but are not required to apply.
  • The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
    Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists are awarded up to $10,000 to help offset the often prohibitively expensive costs of studying classical music at a high level. Each year, From the Top chooses approximately 20 exceptional pre-collegiate musicians ages 8-18 to receive the Award. All recipients also appear on NPR's From the Top.
  • From the Top's Alumni Leadership Grant
    Are you a From the Top alum working to make a difference through your music? Do you want to inspire others and create change in your community? Do you have a big idea but need resources or support to do it? The From the Top Alumni Leadership Grant was built with you in mind.

    Applications for the 2019 Alumni Leadership Grant closed on Friday, January 11, 2019.