Scholarships Overview

MusiCounts has two scholarship programs - MusiCounts Scholarships and MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award. These scholarships are awarded to exceptional students enrolled in post-secondary Music and Recording Arts and Sciences programs. Details on each program are below.

Scholarships are awarded to students from 12 MusiCounts partner schools. Nominations are submitted to MusiCounts by the school, students may not apply through MusiCounts.

MusiCounts Scholarships

Since 1989, scholarships have been awarded annually to exceptional students enrolled in post-secondary Music and Recording Arts & Sciences programs. These scholarships have assisted hundreds of young Canadians with the help they need to develop their talent and launch their careers in music. Students each receive $1,000, a commemorative certificate, a one-year complimentary CARAS Academy Delegate Account, and two tickets to The JUNO Awards broadcast.

Fred Sherratt Award

Established in 2008 in partnership with Bell Media, the MusiCounts Fred Sherratt Award is given each year to 12 outstanding post-secondary graduates of Canadian music programs. Each recipient receives $2,500 and a trip to Toronto, including transportation, meals and accommodation, to attend a day of education and networking for all 12 recipients.

Broadcasting pioneer Fred Sherratt was instrumental in building CHUM Limited into one of Canada’s leading media companies. He served as Vice-Chairman of the company from 2000-2003 and prior to that held a number of roles including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1995, in 1993 received the Ted Rogers Senior/Velma Rogers Graham Award for his “pioneering spirit and contribution to the broadcasting system,” and in 2008, received the Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also honoured by CARAS with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.

MusiCounts Scholarship Partner Schools

MusiCounts partners with 12 colleges and institutions across Canada to award annual scholarships to students at the following schools:


The Art Institute of Vancouver – Vancouver, BC
The Banff Centre – Banff, AB
Capilano University – North Vancouver, BC
Fanshawe College – London, ON
Grant MacEwan College – Edmonton, AB
Harris Institute – Toronto, ON


Humber College – Toronto, ON
Musitechnic Education Services Inc. – Montreal, QC
Red Deer College – Red Deer, AB
Selkirk College – Nelson, BC
St. Francis Xavier University – Antigonish, NS
Trebas Institute – Montreal, QC; Toronto, ON

Past MusiCounts Scholarship Recipients

Past Fred Sherratt Award Recipients