Gracias Music Foundation Scholarship

The Gracias Music Foundation (GMF) is dedicated to strengthening the state of music education through outreach activities in local communities, performing world-class musical concerts, and providing master classes taught by distinguished musicians. They look to support those students who have grit and passion for music but are unable to pursue their instrumental talents, due to either financial difficulties or substantial circumstances at home or in their communities. Each Principal/Director at a Los Angeles middle or high school, music foundation, or music school may have any number of their students apply, whereby then the students will submit an application, a recording (this can be sent in by email/link to a previously performed). Once those students and their music are evaluated, they will be informed if they were selected to receive the award. The winners of the award will be honored at the music concert through an award ceremony and will be given the chance to give a brief speech before performing. Accompanied by the GMF music students, the awardees will also perform as an orchestra, in which case they will need to dedicate 2 hours a day of practice with the GMF students from July 5th-9th. Four instrumental awardees will be selected to perform a solo and can choose to invite students within their school's music department to accompany them in their performance. Jazz is acceptable. Eligibility:-Have a strong passion and love for music-Be a promising music student with demonstrated music ability who is a middle or high school student in a public or private facility in the Los Angeles area-Demonstrate financial need-Demonstrate grit, potential, and ambition when faced with hardship at school and within the community Submission materials: -A link to a recording of a digital audio or video performance, including two contrasting pieces that should not exceed a combined total of 15 minutes. Audio files should be provided in mp3 (preferred) or wma format. Video files should be supplied in mp4 (preferred) or MOV format. CDs/DVDs will not be returned.-A letter of recommendation from your school's principal or director For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $2,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes