As part of our mission to nurture acoustic music in and around Frederick County, F.A.M.E. has set up two educational funds. 10% of your membership fees go to support these funds as well as money from workshops and other events.
There are two kinds of funds available. They are the Scholarship Fund and the Music Enhancement Grant.
The purpose of the Scholarship Fund is to provide partial assistance to aspiring musicians who are pursuing a career in music at an accredited college or music academy.
- Applicants need to provide proof of acceptance at an accredited music program at a university, school, academy or camp.
- Scholarships are not paid directly to a recipient but to the program for which the recipient has been accepted after proof of enrollment.
- In keeping with the current cost of higher education and supplies, The F.A.M.E. Board will award as many as three scholarships per year. There will be three levels of scholarship, and all awards will include F.A.M.E. membership.
Level 1 — $1,000.00 Level 2 — $500.00 Level 3 — $250.00
The duration of the scholarships will be for one year and prior recipients can apply for scholarships in succeeding years.
Applications must be submitted between August of the current year and August of the following year. Applications will be reviewed by the F.A.M.E. Board and decisions made by August of the year for which the scholarships are awarded. The Board may request additional information or an interview with the applicants.
- Scholarship winners will be notified by letter from the President of the F.A.M.E. Board of Directors.
- New scholarship recipients will be recognized at the F.A.M.E. picnic/annual meeting, and winners will be invited to accept the awards at the picnic.
- Prior year recipient(s) will be invited to perform or report progress at the picnic/annual meeting.
- The Board has the right to alter the rules for awarding scholarships if a situation arises that would improve or benefit the F.A.M.E. scholarship program, or mitigate an issue not previously anticipated or encountered.
- Scholarships cannot be used to purchase instruments or technology, other than books required by the program.
- Scholarships cannot be used for commercial music lessons or lessons provided through the internet.
- Scholarships can be terminated if a recipient withdraws from a program or fails to attend.
- To request a mid-term progress report is up to the discretion of the F.A.M.E. Board of Directors.
MUSIC ENHANCEMENT GRANT
The purpose of the Music Enhancement Grant is to provide a short series of lessons to aspiring musicians who have financial need.
- Applicants can receive music lessons from a teacher who is approved by the F.A.M.E. Board of Directors.
- Scholarships are not paid directly to a recipient but to the person who is providing the lessons.
- The F.A.M.E. Board may award as many as three grants per year at a level of $250.00 per grant.
- Prior recipients can apply for grants in succeeding years.
- Applications can be submitted at any time during the calendar year. Applications will be reviewed by the F.A.M.E. Board and decisions made within two months of receipt of the application. The Board may request additional information if necessary.
- Applicants will be notified by letter from the President of the F.A.M.E. Board of Directors.
- Persons receiving grants will be invited to perform at the picnic/annual meeting.
- There will be no restriction on the age of viable applicants.
- The Board has the right to alter the rules for awarding grants if a situation arises that would improve or benefit the F.A.M.E. grant program, or mitigate an issue not previously anticipated or encountered.
- Grants cannot be used to purchase instruments or technology.
- Grants cannot be used to pay a studio for recording music.
- Grants can be terminated if a recipient fails to attend lessons, but F.A.M.E. may not require the teacher to return the grant. Any applicant who fails to attend lessons cannot reapply for further grants.
- To request a progress report from the teacher is up to the discretion of the F.A.M.E. Board of Directors.
- Applicants must have the means to attend lessons, have access to the chosen instrument, and demonstrate a willingness to practice.