Congratulations to all of our 2023 scholarship students! The next round of applications will be accepted starting Sept. 1
If you have any questions please contact Scholarship Manager Jason Moore: email@example.com
If you are applying for the Sean Mason Memorial Scholarship, the application process is the same.
Scholarships are available for private lessons and ensemble participation for those in the community who demonstrate financial need and a desire to take private music lessons, play in a band, or attend summer camp. The detailed instructions are on the application form but include current financial and tax information, a personal statement, and a willingness to give back through volunteer hours. Scholarship percentages are awarded based on many factors, but can be from 25% up to 90% of lesson cost covered.
Scholarships for private lessons are awarded for six month semesters: July-December and January-June, and are determined by a committee of Asheville Music School board members and the Scholarship Manager. Ensemble scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis, September-August. Summer Camp scholarships are awarded in May. Completed applications may be turned into the AMS office or electronically scanned and emailed to Scholarship Manager, Jason Moore, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email us with any additional questions or concerns about applying. We are happy to assist in any way possible.
The Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund at Asheville Music School was created in 2012 in honor of Paul Thorpe, beloved late director of AMS, 2003-2011, to bring music lessons, instruments, and outreach to our community and those in need. Many of Paul’s friends and family have donated to the PTMEF to honor his memory and continue his music education legacy. Over $100,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded since its inception.
AMS, in partnership with local Asheville musicians, started a new music scholarship fund in 2020 in honor of the late Sean Mason. This fund will benefit students wishing to study percussion instruments of all kinds, as well as studies in jazz and composition. Sean was long-time and well-loved Asheville drummer, percussionist, and composer.
Former Director Amy Rae Stupka speaks about our scholarship program.