“My time on From the Top was amazing! I learned so much about how to communicate my feelings about music and share my story.” Xavion Patterson, 17, bassoon

All applicants wishing to apply for our scholarship as well as for the opportunity to perform on From the Top, need only complete the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award application. The one application covers both opportunities. Please know that the scholarship is a need-based award and can only be awarded in conjunction with a show performance. It cannot be awarded independently.

  • 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.

  • 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.