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Many musicians develop their gift for playing music way before college. Maybe it starts with a piano lesson in first grade, an infatuation with guitar at 12, or playing a melody on a toy flute at 3. Musicians hear music in their head and it comes through in the instrument they play. Over time, dedicated musicians continue to develop their skills and knowledge of music. And it’s this dedication and love for the art that help push musicians to continue their education. If you wish to study music, don’t let the price tag of a college education stop you from pursuing your dreams. Scholarships for music majors can help cover the costs of tuition, books, room and board, fees, and more. Start with this directory of scholarships for music majors, and apply online. Take our Scholarship Match Quiz to find awards that match with your goals and interests.

NFMC Vivian Menees Nelson Award for the Disabled and Visually Impaired

This music competition is open to U.S. citizens who are 25 to 34 years of age and are disabled or visually impaired. Applicants must submit a vocal or instrumental recording of solo classical pieces.

Total: $500

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

NFMC Hinda Honigman Award for the Blind

This award is for legally blind U.S. students who have a strong interest in music, and have vocalist or instrumentalist skills. The student must have his/her 19th, but not 26th, birthday by March 1 of the year of auditions.

Total: $625

Awards: 2

Deadline: February 01

BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship

This scholarship is open to current master’s and doctoral students at select U.S. institutions who are degree candidates in one of the following majors: jazz and studio music, jazz composing and arranging, jazz performance, jazz performance and pedagogy, jazz studies, jazz studies and contemporary media. Students must submit three recordings of recent performances to enter.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

Washington American Indian Endowed Scholarship

This award is available to Washington undergraduate and graduate students who are currently attending or planning to attend a postsecondary institution in Washington. The student must have close cultural and social ties to an American Indian community in Washington.

Total: $1250

Awards: 15

Deadline: February 01

Cottey College Fine Arts Scholarship

This award is available to U.S. undergraduate students who are attending Cottey College in Missouri. Students must demonstrate a strong academic proficiency in art, dance, music, or theatre/speech.

Total: $2000

Awards: 17

Deadline: February 01

Nashville Songwriting Scholarship

This songwriting competition is open to current full- and part-time students at U.S. colleges who are 17 to 24 years of age as of the application deadline date. Students must submit an original song with lyrics and instrumentation in one of the following genres: Americana, blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, country, folk, and roots.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

Chicago Benton Bernstein Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Jewish graduate students who immigrated to the United States through the assistance of HIAS Chicago and/or applied for permanent residency or citizenship with the assistance of HIAS Chicago between Jan. 1, 2000- present. The student must be enrolled in professional study in one of the helping professions.

Total: $5000

Awards: 5

Deadline: February 01

Columbia College of Missouri Talent Award

This award is for U.S. students who are planning to attend or are currently attending Columbia College of Missouri. Students must demonstrate talent in art, music, or athletics to be eligible for this award.

Total: $3148

Awards: 10

Deadline: February 01

BMI Student Composer Awards Program

This competition for original musical compositions is open to citizens of countries in the Western Hemisphere that are 27 years of age or under as of the application deadline. Entrants must be studying music either in an educational institution or with a private teacher.

Total: $2222

Awards: 9

Deadline: February 01

peermusic Latin Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students attending a college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico who submit an original musical composition in the Latin genre. Each applicant must be between the ages of 17 and 24 as of the application deadline date.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 01

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