Music Performance Trust Fund Student Scholarships

May 10, 2023

Dear Member,

The Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) Scholarship Initiative is being offered again. Below you will find the information about the two scholarship programs they will be implementing for the 2023 academic year. 
2023 MPTF Scholarship Initiative
As we head into the 2023-2024 academic year, we are excited to announce that the MPTF is continuing their annual scholarship initiative. This year they will offer two scholarship opportunities: 

The Music Family Scholarship will continue to support the children of professional musicians who are members in good-standing of the Local. Seventy-five (75) $1,000 scholarships are available for these students. 

The Music Futures Scholarship will also continue to support students pursuing degrees in music. Thirty (30) $2,500.00 scholarships are available for these students.   
We know that many of you have great community relationships with local institutions of higher education. Specifically for the Music Futures Scholarship. We trust you will get the word out to the admissions offices and students at those colleges/universities.
The scholarship applications are open April 12, 2023, to June 30, 2023

The criteria for the two funds are the following:

Music Family Scholarship75 scholarships @ $1,000 each

  • Have at least one parent be a member in good standing of an AFM Local
  • Be currently enrolled or accepted into an institute of higher education for the fall of 2023
  • Submit a headshot
  • Personal essay in response to the prompt (500-750 words)
  • The prompt for this year is: What cultural impact can live music have upon your community?

Music Futures Scholarship: 30 scholarships @ $2,500 each
  • Be enrolled in one of the following music degree programs
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy 
  • Music Education
  • Conducting
  • Obtain good academic standing, at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Submit 2 letters of reference:
  • Personal reference
  • Academic professor reference in your chosen area of study
  • Resume
  • Students must be from Canada or The United States
  • Prior semester transcript (either HS diploma or College Transcript) Unofficial is fine.
  • Personal essay in response to the prompt (500-750 words)
  • The prompt for this year is: In your experience, what subject matter is most important for a well-rounded education for a music-related major?
Students will need to create a profile and fill in the application by going to the following link:
Key Facts:
  • Any student enrolled in an institution of higher education is eligible to apply, regardless of their year of study (Undergraduate or Graduate level)
  • Prior MPTF Music Family Scholarship recipients remain eligible to apply.
  • Students are eligible to apply for either the Music Family or Music Futures Scholarship (not both).

Thank you in advance for spreading the word about both scholarship opportunities and making a difference in these students’ lives.

If you or any students that you know have any questions, you can directly email Natty Hepburn-Beaty at or

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