WHAT IS IT?
The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award is an award of up to $10,000 that can be used to help offset music-related needs for classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers who have not yet entered college. In addition to receiving a financial award, recipients also appear on NPR’s From the Top where they perform, share their stories, and participate in arts leadership activities.
FIRST APPLICATION DEADLINE APPROACHING: October 07, 2019
(High school seniors must apply by this date)
For me it means: Opportunity
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
You are eligible if you are between the ages of 8–18 and have not enrolled in a college or conservatory, and if you live in or have a significant training connection to the US.
Award recipients must demonstrate exceptional musical achievement, unmet financial need, academic achievement, and strength of character.
For me it means: Leadership
Applications are accepted at any time, but will only be reviewed in three cycles in accordance with the below deadlines. Please note high school seniors must apply by the first deadline.
October 7, 2019
January 6, 2020
March 2, 2020
For me it means: Education
For more than 15 years, From the Top has celebrated and promoted outstanding young musicians through our NPR radio show and arts leadership programs. In 2006, a partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was born, one that would help From the Top identify deserving young musicians with financial need, and offer them a scholarship that would change their lives.
Whether it’s purchasing a new instrument, traveling to college auditions, or paying for lessons, the Young Artist Award helps high-achieving young musicians get the training and resources they need to excel.
The Award is about more than money, however.
It’s about helping Young Artists realize their full potential and make a difference with their music. All Young Artist Award Recipients appear on our radio show, NPR’s From the Top, receive arts leadership training, and many choose to give back to their communities.
In its short lifetime, From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist scholarship program has awarded over $2,000,000 in scholarships to more than 200 outstanding young musicians.