SCHOLARSHIPS and COMPETITIONS 2022-2023

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NCAAP Scholarships
Each year the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students.
It is the duty of our dedicated Scholarship Committee to determine the most outstanding individuals to receive these awards.  The NAACP does not provide financial aid to individuals, only scholarships through this process. To apply for NAACP Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship, Hubertus W. V. Willems Scholarship and James Weldon Johnson Scholarship, go to the POISE Foundation website at:  http://www.poisefoundation.org/naacp-scholarships
The 2022 application is closed. Please check back in the fall for updated information and requirements for:
The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship
The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for Male Students
The James Weldon Johnson Scholarship

ACT-SO
(Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics)
ACT-SO provides a forum through which youth of African descent demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific prowess and expertise, thereby gaining the same recognition often only reserved for entertainers and athletes.
ACT-SO is a year-long youth achievement program that begins in August of each year in local communities nationwide.
In more than 200 local communities throughout the U.S., ACT-SO adult volunteers recruit students and mentors. Students work with mentors from August to April to develop their projects and performances for the local competition. They compete in 25 categories including Sciences, Business, Humanities, Performing Arts and Visual Arts,
National NAACP ACT-SO 410-580-5650 / actso@naacpnet.org.
4805 Mt. Hope Dr., Baltimore, MD 21215-3297, actso@naacpnet.org
Contact: Los Angeles NAACP – 310.397.1147
Questions about 2022 ACT-SO Mrs. Mary Louise Batiste, email marylouisebatiste@gmail.com or, (310)-323-2264.
Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP ACT-SO  (323) 938-5268----- Altadena NAACP ACT-SO Phone number (626) 794-2884 -------- San Gabriel Valley NAACP ACT-SO 909 717-9450----- Long Beach NAACP ACT-SO 562.856.7586------- Madera NAACP ACT-SO (559)  481-3511 -------- Fontana NAACP ACT-SO 909-887-7411  Orange County NAACP ACT-SO (562) 494-6507 -------- Lake Elsinore/SW Riverside County ACT-SO 626-316-417

The Music Center Spotlight Awards
Music Center / Performing Arts Center of L.A. County Performing and Visual Arts Competition .
Open to Southern California students enrolled in 9-12 grades.
Music Center, 717 West Temple St. Ste.44, LA 90012. www.musiccenter.org 
Spotlight Applications are now open.  New Online Applications Open          May 22, 2022. Application Deadline Oct. 22, 2021 Enter at www.musiccenter.org/spotlight

PTSA Music Scholarship
Open to Secondary & High School Students in the 10th District / PTSA area
compete on standard orchestra instruments, piano & voice.
Amount: private music lessons - $200
Information available at: https://www.tenthdistrictptsa.org/programs/los-angeles-tenth-district-music-scholarship-program/
Information about this program will be mailed to all secondary schools in early February. The school music teacher or principal recommends musically talented students or those who show unusual promise to audition for our scholarships. The auditions will be held in mid-March or early April.
The Tenth District PTSA Music Scholarship Program first began in 1939. Over the past 75 years, hundreds of students have received PTSA scholarships for private music lessons. Just this past year, Tenth District was able to award thirty-five (35) music scholarships of $200 each to deserving and talented secondary students.

Los Angeles Rotary Club
Pageant of The Arts:  Local and district music competitions for high school students.  
Rotary’s Pageant of the Arts provides high school students the opportunity to display their talents and compete with other students for recognition and monetary prizes.  Students gain valuable experience as well as exposure to University Deans and professors.
The Pageant of the Arts is a combination of four competitions for high school students in the areas of art, dance, music, and speech.  The competitions are held simultaneously in a building complex at Loyola Marymount University which includes an art exhibit space, a music auditorium, a dance studio and an adjacent building for the speech contest.  Individuals and teams compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention in each contest.
APPLICATIONS AND FEES DUE MARCH 5, 2022
Prizes for each category:  1st place $1,000  *  2nd place $500  *  3rd place $250.00
Date of Competition:  March 19, 2022
Location:  Virtually or in person depending on the pandemic and Dept. of Health Guidelines
Online Registration and Fees Due Date:  March 5, 2022
Areas of competition:  SPEECH, MUSIC, ART and DANCE.
Prizes for each category:  1st place $1,000  *  2nd place $500  *  3rd place $250.00
Contact: 310-670-9792, office@rotary5280.org  or to Pageant of the Arts Chairman Sharon Townsend at:shartownsend@gmail.com (818) 359-2752

Young Musicians Foundation
The David Weiss Scholarship Program has granted multiple awards to talented young musicians in high school and college for the past 57 years. As private music instruction continues to become more and more expensive, YMF is one of the few places to which talented young musicians can apply for financial assistance
Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and financial need
under 18 years of age - instrumentalist not beyond 11th grade.
Scholarships: $500 to $2,500, Contact: YMF at (323) 987 0065 or
info@ymf.org
1044 East Jefferson Blvd, Suite A
South Central Los Angeles CA 90011 Audition dates TBA

Grammy Camp 2022
Applications:  www.grammyintheschools.com/programs/grammy-camp
Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2022 are now open. Click here to apply!
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2022
GRAMMY Camp: August 2-6, 2022
GRAMMY Camp will plan to be IN-PERSON this coming summer, 2022. If for some reason we need to comply with COVID19 issues, Camp will go back to a virtual format again.
GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students interested in having a career in music. Students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career. Financial assistance is available for students who need it.

The GRAMMY Camp Application is a two-step process: 1.) Fill out the initial application (contact information, school information, career track choice, etc.) 2.) Submit your audition materials. Once you submit the initial application, you will receive a confirmation email that directs you to fill out the audition materials form. Here you will include your video essay, and career track requirements. You can also find this form once you fill out the initial application on your Dashboard in CampMinder under the "Forms" tab.

National Young Arts Foundation
YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.
For information: www.youngarts.org or  https://youngarts.org/apply/   Applications for the 2022 competition are now closed.
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard,  Miami, FL 33137
info@youngarts.org 1 (800) 970 ARTS (2787)

Tom Talbert Jazz Scholarship
For instrumental Jazz students
Pays full tuition and expenses for a year selected by audition
Contact: Jeff Jarvis, Department Of Music, 562-233-9811
jeff.jarvis@csulb.edu or write: UMC-A512, Cal State Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach 90840

PianoArts 2022
North American Biennial Competition & Music Festival
The North American Competition for 2022 is closed. For pianists ages 16-21, living or studying full time in North America. A challenging competition that prepares PianoArtists to build careers through rehearsals, conversations, and performances with professional musicians, and seminars with specialists from a diversity of arts organizations.
Finals with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and PianoArts Music Director Andrews Sill, Sue Medford, Founder. Held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2642 North Summit Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211. Email: info@pianoarts.org

Worldstars (The World Championship of  Performing Arts)
International Worldstars Association
Worldstars International, Inc.
303 N Glenoaks Blvd. Suite 200 Burbank CA 91502 (323) 851-4299, 851-4613, www.wcopa.com
An invitation-only competition covering 56 countries and 6 genres of entertainment-contestants apply through the website.  WCOPA 25TH ANNIVERSARY, JULY 22nd – 30th, 2022 DISNEYLAND ANAHEIM
Contact UnitedStates@wcopa.com or call 323-828-1238 for your #Audition.time!  All ages and talent levels welcome. #ExperienceWCOPA

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
Information:
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
PO BOX 93486
Pasadena, CA 91109 (626) 578-8500
Information at competition@pasadenashowcase.org Applications and requirements can be obtained online at:  https://app.getacceptd.com/pasadenashowcase
No Instrumental Competition scheduled for 2022

Watts Towers Arts Center
Watts Towers Arts Center Campus
1727 East 107th Street
Los Angeles, California 90002
(213) 847- 4646
Applications for music classes are made through website at: https://www.wattstowers.org/
All facilities are closed until further notice.

California State Summer School for the Arts (Formerly InnerSpark)
A four week summer program for talented and motivated high school students in California and beyond.  CSSSA 2022 36TH SUMMER SESSION / JULY 9 - AUGUST 5, 2022
Applications and information for CSSSA 2022 and the 2022 Online Application are available. Applications are due by February 28TH 6 PM PST and will be available at: www.csssa.ca.gov
Address: 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355,
Director-Matthew Gallagher Office: (916) 229-5160.
Mailing address: California State Summer School for the Arts, PO Box 1077, Sacramento, CA 95812-1077

A Place Called Home
2830 S. Central Ave., LA 90011
Enroll students through our membership office in year-round activities during 3 consecutive terms, Summer, Fall/Winter and Winter/Spring.
Music instruction is FREE - Commitment agreement and parental permission required. Scholarship opportunities available  - Contact Charyn Harris, Conductor of Music Programs: 323-232-7653, x209
Charles Kim, Music Department Coordinator: 323-232-7653, x246.
Additional programs info: http://www.apch.org/    Applications Accepted Year-Round, (Scholarships and Financial Assistance Available)

Alkebu-lan Cultural Center
1435 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
The Alkebulan Youth Summer Arts Camp is a multi-disciplined immersive arts experience for youth ages 10-14. Over the course of 4 weeks students will study the basics of Digital Sound Design & Media, Theatre, Contemporary Dance, and Voice. Students will be selected through a fun and engaging audition for an intergenerational panel of professionally working artists. For more information about the center or to participate in one of our classes or programs, contact Ms. Dianne Lewis (Ms. Dee) who is the director, at (626) 794-9570 or (626) 807-4006.
You can also email at dlewis@alkebulanculturecenter.com
Additional information on programs can be found on http:// http://www.alkebulanpasadena.com/about or by calling 626.794.9570

Jazz America
Committed to preserving and perpetuating the jazz tradition.
Pending an approval by Health Department authorities, JazzAmerica will reconvene  for rehearsals beginning in January, 2022, at the Musicians Union, 3220 Winona Ave., Burbank 91504.
Students of jazz - ages 12 to 20 - who can read and commit to regular Saturday rehearsals (typically 10:00am to 12:30pm) are invited to prepare a 2-minute 'E-audition':   play a Standard tune and a one-chorus solo, and play a Blues and a one-chorus solo.  Send the file(s) to:  UFOBASS@aol.com
For further information about JazzAmerica;
Contact Program Director - Richard Simon:  310.836.2277 ufobass@aol.com
https://jazzamerica.org/

Pasadena Conservatory of Music
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is a place of study, performance, and collaboration dedicated to teaching traditional and contemporary music.
Established in 1984, PASADENA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (PCM) is an independent, nonprofit, nationally-accredited community school whose mission is to educate, advocate, inspire, and share through music study and performance. The Conservatory offers a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses traditional and contemporary music for children and adults. More than 1,200 students attend the school annually and over 3,000 students in schools throughout the Pasadena, CA community benefit from its extensive outreach programs.
Located at 100 N. Hill St. Pasadena, California 91106 Classes for children ages 0–12. Call 626.683.3355 to schedule a free trial class.
Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Financial Aid program: Students/families wishing to apply for need-based financial aid may fill out an application in the spring of 2022. Please contact the front office at 626.683.3355 or music@pasadenaconservatory.org for more information.
https://pasadenaconservatory.org/

 

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena
745 Sierra Madre Boulevard, San Marino, CA 91108
Piano Competition with Cash Award Competition.
The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena is pleased to announce its 2022 Awards Competitions in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts – our 60th year of recognizing and rewarding young artists!
This year’s Performing Arts competition will be in Jazz Piano; in the Visual Arts competition, as is our custom, all media are eligible for entry.
Awards totaling $5,000 will be presented to the winner(s).  One or two winners may be selected in each competition.
Applications for 2022 are now closed.
For information please contact Sofia MacIsaac at 626-793-6744.
https://fineartsclubofpasadena.org/

The Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
The Charles Dolo Coker Scholarship Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist youth in their musical training, and to nurture the seeds of Jazz proficiency.
Currently the website is down and there are no scholarship competitions scheduled due to the pandemic.
For more information for 2022 call (323) 935-1374 or (562) 762-6441.

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
7060 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
310-975-2549
https://hobmusicforward.org/
Focusing on young people ages 12-22 in under-represented communities, we set the stage for success by providing workshops and showcases to inspire the next generation of music industry leaders and innovators.
Applications for Scholarships are made through the website.
Go to https://musicforwardfoundation.submittable.com/submit  to apply for 2022.