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  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
    $2,000
    February 24
    Sponsor: South Carolina State Department of Education

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors in South Carolina public schools, have attended South Carolina public schools for the past two consecutive years and be U.S. citizens. There are five categories: creative writing, dance, music, theater and visual arts. For the creative writing category, a sonnet, lyric or narrative poem no longer than one page must be submitted. For the dance category, an original, short dance composition of three to ten minutes. For the music category, an original composition of three to ten minutes must be submitted. For the theater category, an original one-act play with a performing time of eight to fifteen minutes. For the visual arts category, an original visual composition must be submitted. Compositions are judged on creativity, originality and quality of expression and content.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, composition and process folio are required.

    1429 Senate Street
    Columbia, SC 29201

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  • ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
    Varies
    February 1
    Sponsor: ASCAP Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be composers who have not turned 30 before January 1 of the current year. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or enrolled students with a student visa. Applicants must submit an original composition.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    One Lincoln Plaza
    New York, NY 10023

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  • Diana Love Legacy Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund
    $1,000
    February 3
    Sponsor: Community Foundation of the New River Valley

    Eligibility: Applicants must provide documentation that confirms their financial need and evidence of their commitment to high school symphonic and marching bands and musicianship.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    P.O. Box 6009
    Christiansburg, VA 24068

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  • Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards
    Varies
    December 15
    Sponsor: ASCAP Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be under the age of 30 and U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must submit one original composition, including a score and performance, if possible.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    One Lincoln Plaza
    New York, NY 10023

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  • John Lennon Scholarship Competition
    Up to $20,000
    April 5
    Sponsor: BMI Foundation Inc.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be age 17 to 24 and write an original song to be reviewed by a prestigious panel of judges. Entries are to be submitted by music schools, universities, youth orchestras and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC).

    How to apply: Please see the website for a full list of eligible organizations that may submit entries.

    7 World Trade Center
    250 Greenwich Street
    New York, NY 10007

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  • Junior Composers Award
    $50-$200
    Varies
    Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers Award

    Eligibility: There are four age classes: 9 and under; 10-12; 13-15 and 16-18. Applicants must be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Selection is based on content and musicianship. There is a $5.00 entry fee plus state entry fee.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Deborah De La Torre, Chairman
    P.O. Box 2680
    Centennial, CO 80161

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  • Lagond Music School
    $13,000
    February 15
    Sponsor: Lagond Music School

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school junior or seniors or a graduated senior taking a gap year before entering music college. Students should plan to pursue music as a lifelong profession.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    9 Haven Street
    Elmsford, NY 10523

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  • NFMC Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Awards
    $500-$1,000
    March 1
    Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs Olson Awards

    Eligibility: Applicants must be at least in grade 7 and no older than age 25. Applicants must be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs and must submit an original piano composition to be judged. This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    James Schnars
    331 Cleveland Street
    Apartment 804
    Clearwater, FL 33755

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  • Stillman Kelley National Instrumental Awards
    $200-$1,000
    February 1
    Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman-Kelley Award

    Eligibility: Applicants must be instrumentalists, must not reach their 19th birthday by March 1 and be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This award rotates by region with the Northeastern and Southeastern regions in even years and Central and Western regions in odd years.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Nathalie Steinbach
    15 Mount Vernon Avenue
    Fredericksburg, VA 22405

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  • Youth Free Expression Network Film Contest
    Up to $1,000
    April 15
    Sponsor: National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)

    Eligibility: Students must be 19 years or younger. Films must be four minutes or less in a variety of genres including documentary, music video and experimental. Top three winners receive cash stipends.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    19 Fulton Street
    Suite 407
    New York, NY 10038

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