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Scholarships


Application deadline for Fall 2020 is July 20th.

Note: A Google account is required to access the applications.

All Hands Scholarship

Application

$500 towards tuition, books, or supplies
Complete collection of Artifact Percussion sticks/mallets/accessories

The purpose of the All Hands scholarship is to help promote and support minorities in our community who are often discriminated against because of their race, gender, or sexual orientation. Discrimination of any kind has no place in the percussion community or on this earth and this scholarship is part of our effort to combat the oppression and inequity that has pervaded our community for decades. We can only thrive when artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures all have ample opportunities to be heard and to contribute their skill and experience to our artform.

  • Open ONLY to underrepresented individuals including people of color, women, and LGBTQIA individuals.
  • No age restriction but must be enrolled in an accredited US-based undergraduate or graduate¬†music program with percussion as a primary instrument.
  • Applicants are required to submit an audio playing example between 10-20 minutes in length, a personal statement (either written or recorded) commenting on their musical philosophy and musical plans, and proof of enrollment in an accredited US-based music program.
  • Application deadline will be July 20th. Recipient will be determined and announced in the first week of August. Disbursement will be made before the beginning of the Fall semester.

The Giver Scholarship

Application

In honor of Mr. Alan Abel
$500 towards tuition, books, or supplies
Complete collection of Artifact Percussion sticks/mallets/accessories
The purpose of the Giver scholarship is to honor the memory of Alan Abel - former associate principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and teacher and mentor to hundreds of percussionists over his decades of service to the community - by paying it forward to someone who strives to live his legacy. Mr. Abel was a truly selfless man. He gave everyone in his life more than any of us could ever repay him for and he did it all without expecting anything in return. This scholarship serves to permanently remember Mr. Abel and celebrate his irreplaceable qualities of love, grace, humor, and a never-ending commitment to those around him. 
  • Open to all those enrolled in an accredited US-based undergraduate or graduate¬†music program with percussion as a primary instrument. No age restriction.
  • Applicants are required to submit an audio playing example between 10-20 minutes in length, a personal statement (either written or recorded) commenting on their musical philosophy and musical plans, a second statement on how they will live Mr. Abel's legacy in order to¬†help others and make our community a better place, and proof of enrollment in an accredited US-based music program.
  • Application deadline will be July 20th. Recipient will be determined and announced in the first week of August. Disbursement will be made before the beginning of the Fall semester.

                                                                                                                       

 Writing/Speaking Prompts

You are welcome to submit your responses in written, video, or audio format. Recipient determinations will be primarily based on responses to these prompts so please respond in whichever medium you are most comfortable expressing your thoughts.

All Hands Prompt/The Giver Prompt #1:

Tell us about your musical philosophy i.e. what music means to you, why you enjoy performing/teaching music, how music/percussion influences you as a person, etc. Also tell us about your plans for the future - what kind of specialties are you interested in? How do you see yourself using your skills as a percussionist to influence the world around you? It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to pursue or where you want to be in the future! Just talk about what currently drives you to pursue a career in percussion.

The Giver Prompt #2:

Alan Abel was a legendary percussionist. His contributions to our artform were numerous and indelible. But those that knew him will never forget his most important legacy: selflessness. Mr. Abel never wavered in his commitment to other human beings. He was constantly engaged in bettering our artform and our community by offering a hand up to anyone who needed it and encouraging his students to do the same.

Outside of your playing ability, in what ways do you positively and meaningfully contribute to your community? In what ways do you help others succeed alongside yourself? This doesn’t need to be a major project. It’s just as, if not more, important to be someone who performs small actions everyday to help others and set a positive example for the next generation of percussionists. Describe the ways in which you strive to be that person.

                                                                                                                       

Accepted Documents for Proof of Enrollment

Any *one* of the following documents is considered acceptable proof of enrollment:

  • A scanned copy of your student identification card demonstrating that you will be enrolled for Fall Semester 2020. If your card does not have an explicit date on it, it must indicate in some way that you are enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester. An identification card that only contains the date you started school is not acceptable.
  • A transcript or course list showing the courses you are enrolled in for the Fall 2020 semester. A transcript in .txt format is not acceptable. For most institutions, a transcript marked "Unofficial Transcript" is sufficient.
  • A letter from your college student affairs or admissions office stating that you are enrolled as a student for the Fall 2020 semester. This letter must:
    • be on school letterhead
    • display a school seal or logo
    • contain a signature and phone number of a representative from the admissions office
  • Proof that you have accepted an offer to attend an eligible college or university for the Fall 2020 semester. You must not only include an acceptance offer letter, but also show proof that you have accepted the offer. The acceptance letter must:
    • be on school letterhead
    • display a school seal or logo
    • contain a signature and phone number of a representative from the admissions office
  • Other proof that you are enrolled in a university music program for the Fall 2020 semester. There are many different types of forms that can show this, but the key is to be sure the proof has your name, school name and a recent date on it. Examples include:
    • A semester class schedule or syllabus for this time period
    • A receipt showing you paid for this time period
    • A letter showing your scholarship/financial aid etc. covers this time period

Please block out your private information. We do not need to see your social security number, grades, tuition amount, etc.

All documents must clearly show your name and the name and address of the issuing school. These should match what is entered on the scholarship application. Minor differences are okay.

If you have questions about whether your document is acceptable, please contact us at aaron@artifactpercussion.com.

You can only upload one file. If you need to upload multiple pages, a PDF is suggested. Supported formats are PDF, JPG, PNG. Other file formats will not be accepted.