The Central Texas Bluegrass Association has long been committed to the education of young musicians carrying on the bluegrass tradition.
These are uncertain times, and the cancellation of face-to-face camps, lessons, and workshops can be difficult. But now it is ever more important to continue providing music education! And to that end, the CTBA Board unanimously decided to modify our scholarship program for 2020.
The CTBA has partnered with ArtistWorks, an online community that provides a series of lessons from introductory to advanced courses. ArtistWorks instructors include some of today’s very best musicians, including several IBMA "Best of the Year" recipients. Among the instructors are Bryan Sutton, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny, and Missy Raines. You can check out everything ArtistWorks has to offer at ArtistWorks.com.
This year, the CTBA will be offering our Willa Beach-Porter scholarship as online scholarships through ArtistWorks. Each scholarship recipient will receive a one-year ArtistWorks membership to the study track of their choice from the 30+ courses offered through ArtistWorks. We, the CTBA, are very happy to be able to offer these scholarships to young folks wanting to further their music explorations in a safe, socially-distanced, and very fun manner!
There will be a total of five scholarships awarded. Three scholarships will be awarded to students ages 12-21. While CTBA membership is encouraged for these three recipients, it is not mandatory. The remaining two scholarships will be awarded to two active CTBA members 22 and older.
All scholarship recipients must currently live in Texas and must (1) submit the application at CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Scholarship and (2) email two letters of recommendation to Scholarship@CentralTexasBluegrass.org by May 15, 2020. The recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and announced on Monday, May 25th.
The CTBA Board is pleased to offer these opportunities to our members as well as the community we serve. We hope everyone who qualifies will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Head on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org to learn more and apply today!
We hope that this message find you and your loved ones well. Happy pickin' y’all!
President, Central Texas Bluegrass Association