A scholarship fund using the assets of the recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) encourages the children of professional musicians to pursue higher education and become leaders in their chosen fields. This year, the MPTF will again grant $100,000 in scholarship funds to qualified applicants throughout North America.
“The pandemic has hit our profession hard, but live events are returning in 2021,” says Dan Beck, MPTF Trustee. “This year, we are eager to hear from our scholar applicants how the return of admission-free, live music will impact their communities.”
An applicant must be the child of a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians, or a member themselves; who is a high school graduate; and is planning to attend a college, university, community college, or trade school in the fall of 2021. The individual does not need to be studying for a music-related degree. Up to two young adults per family may apply, and up to five students from any one AFM local may receive a scholarship. Others will be wait-listed for future scholarships.
Students may apply from May 1 through July 1. To download a fact sheet and application form, visit musicpf.org/scholarship.