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Women in Music Scholarship

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Aug 15, 2021
Winners Announced
Sep 15, 2021
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Career Interest:
Interested or engaged with a career in the music industry

Music has the ability to change the world. 

Women have had an increasing presence in the music industry over the last few decades, but still are not sufficiently represented in many areas.

Today, women only make up 21.7 percent of artists, 12.3 percent of songwriters, and 2.1 percent of producers. 

As one part of supporting women in music, the Women in Music Scholarship will support women who are passionate about playing/creating music and would like to pursue a career in the industry. This is one of many scholarships for women available on

The scholarship is open to all women from any field of study who are interested in or already engaged with a career in the music industry, which includes being a producer, DJ, publicist, blogger, are anything related to music and the overall industry.

If you have already graduated from school and have student debt, you are eligible to apply.

To apply, please describe a time in your life when music played an important supporting role, why you’re passionate about music, and how you hope to make an impact in the music industry.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Passion, Creative
Published March 22, 2021
Essay Topic

Please describe a time in your life when music played an important supporting role for you. Additionally, please talk about why you are passionate about music and how you hope to make an impact in the music industry.

400–700 words

Winning Application

Adrienne Sherrod
New York UniversityNew York, NY
I remember when I first realized that I really loved music and wanted it to always be a part of my life. I was in ninth grade, at All-State Orchestra rehearsal. Everyone was warming up before the conductor got there, and I was feeling a little scared as I listened to the other string players warm up by playing through their difficult, virtuosic concertos. It was my first time playing in the highest level orchestra at All-State, so thoughts of whether I was as good as the other musicians clouded my head. But when the conductor came out and lifted his baton, it was as if my fears just started to melt. My body relaxed, and with the simultaneous upbeat of the baton and the orchestra's breath, the first notes of Dvorak's 8th symphony embraced me like a warm hug. All of a sudden, I wasn't worried about how I compared to everyone else. I didn't feel out of place. That was the moment I realized that I truly loved music, that music was my friend. Since then, I realized that I wanted a career in music because I couldn't imagine it not being a huge part of my life. What exactly my music career would look like has changed over time, going from symphony orchestra goals to film scoring dreams, but my passion for music as a whole has been the same. I love the way music can make you feel, how it can pull you in and let you experience emotion in a wave of sound. I love that music can be understood by all, no matter who you are or where you come from. There is just something I find so beautiful about this language that can be spoken with no words. It's comforting and unifying in a world full of differences. I want to be a part of that, making music that speaks to all kinds of people and moves them in a way that words just can't. When I realized in college that I had a passion for composition and wanted to pursue film scoring, I figured out that for me, writing music was a way that I could have a voice. It could be my way of speaking into the world and making my mark. I hope that when I get a chance to write music for a film, my music has something special that not only helps make "movie magic" happen but also contributes something positive to the world. I hope that being a part of this industry will lend to more underrepresented, talented voices getting an opportunity to be seen and heard. If pursuing my dream will aid in that happening, I would be happy knowing that I'm a part of it and hopefully inspiring someone else like me to go after their dreams, too.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Aug 15, 2021. Winners will be announced on Sep 15, 2021.

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