Quinn Coleman Scholarship: A Gift From The Recording Academy

Life after college is like starting over again, only this time instead of walking onto a campus clutching your poorly planned 8 AM schedule, you’re now thrown into the wolves with thousands of dollars worth of debt sitting on your shoulders. No amount of preparation has ever left a 20 something graduate feeling overwhelmingly ready so if you feel like you have no idea what to do, you’re probably not the only one.

For certain paths, the pipeline is set, but when it comes to the arts, that path and pipeline have to be started from scratch. In an effort to reestablish a new generation of Black musicians, The Recording Academy has developed a special scholarship and career development program to get those selected out of the woodwork.

Partnered with the GRAMMY Museum, The Recording Academy has carefully curated an opportunity for those seeking a career in the music industry, and have designed a strategic starting point that not only gets your foot in the door, but it takes a loan off of your back as well. While the application process may seem daunting (visit here for more information), it’s requirements will help you understand what they are looking for and if you are applicable– before you go through the process.

If this sparks your interest there are a few things to note before filling out your own. You must, and this goes without saying, be an active student studying anything in the music field, have between a 3.0 and a 4.0 grade point average, be enrolled in a university in one of these cities (Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, or Nashville), and you must be 18 years or older. Besides the fine print, everything you need for this application you probably have already.

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The Academy is currently accepting applications from rising junior and senior college students, in which five candidates will be accepted. Those selected will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship, two $250 book/equipment stipends, a $500 interview preparation stipend, a Spring 2023 internship with The Recording Academy, and an opportunity to participate in a 6-week immersive program that focuses in emotional and financial wellness–courtesy of the Quinn Coleman Scholarship Fund.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 7, so spread the word and spread it fast. If you’re a professor, a parent, a sister, brother, uncle, a grandma who uses the internet, or a friend of a music enthusiast, send them this link and urge them to apply. For more specifics visit the official website of The Recording Academy here.

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