Ensuring That the Next Generation of Music Students Keep on Playing

Music Doing Good Applications for Scholarships are Available Online NOW!

HOUSTON, TX (January 16, 2019) — Music Doing Good knows that students who study music experience profound cognitive benefits that last a lifetime, evidenced not only by heightened aptitudes in math, science and languages, but also life skills such as collaboration, leadership and critical thinking.

Houston-area music students in 4th-12th grade, who wish to pursue music studies are encouraged to apply for Music Doing Good Scholarships, which provide funding for private lessons, music workshops and tuition through educational institutions. Applications can be submitted electronically at http://musicdoinggood.org/outreach/scholarships/

Scholarships range from $500 to $1500. Materials must be submitted electronically before Tuesday, March 19, 2019.  Awards will be announced by email on Friday, April 5th, 2019. A concert featuring the top 20 recipients of the 2019 scholarships will take place at University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, 77006 on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 4pm.

“Our application review process is carefully designed to acknowledge both talent and the transformative power of music, particularly for students whose financial situation inhibits or prevents the possibility of private lessons.  Family finances and essay questions about the role music plays in the student’s life comprise 70% of the overall score.  Independently screened recordings make up the remaining 30%.  We also encourage students to give back to the community and “do good” with their music by performing in retirement centers and hospitals across the greater Houston area,” states Rodney Waters, Music Doing Good with Scholarships program director.

In the spring of 2018, the largest number of Music Doing Good scholarships were awarded in the history of the program; 118 scholarships totaling more than $110,000. Eight of those scholarships were awarded to students through a community partnership with a private donor. Two of the scholarships came through a strategic partnership with Kawai Piano Gallery.

Nathaniel is a multiple-year recipient of Music Doing Good Scholarships. He recently completed his first semester of college at University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music. Nathaniel is studying neuroscience and music respectively through a joint program offered by the two universities. “As I look back at my achievements, I feel indebted to all of the support, financial, spiritual and professional, you have given me, and I am even more glad that you have expanded your services to help transform many other young musicians’ lives. Ultimately, I am grateful for the confidence your organization has instilled in the Houston [music] community…” says Nathaniel.

Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring musical enrichment to children in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities. The programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Julie Lambert

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Music Doing Good, Inc.

julie@musicdoinggood.org

713.294.9034