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Music Performance Trust Fund Student Scholarships


Applications for 2022 Music Performance Trust Fund scholarships are being accepted through July 15. 

Music Performance Trust Fund

The Music Family Scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to 75 recipients. This category is open to children of AFM members in good standing who plan to attend a college or trade school in fall 2022.

This year, the Music’s Future Scholarship specifically for students majoring in music is also being offered. AFM locals will be asked to recommend deserving students who do not have an affiliation with the union. A total of 30 recipients will each receive $2,500 toward their music degree. 

For more information and application forms, visit

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