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MusiCounts Scholarships

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MusiCounts Celebrates Musical Excellence

Information On This Page

  • Award Overview
  • Award Details
  • Timeline
  • Materials & Information Needed To Apply
  • Evaluation Criteria & Expectations Of Award Recipients
  • Eligibility

MusiCounts Scholarships Overview

What: This new annual post-secondary award program will help launch the careers of 4 high-potential young individuals who are on the cusp of graduating from post-secondary music studies. Through a financial contribution and a unique series of mentoring and networking sessions, the awards will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the lives of young individuals at the start of their music careers. MusiCounts aims to shine a spotlight on music excellence at the post-secondary level, as part of the “educate-develop-celebrate-honour” spectrum under the CARAS umbrella.

Who Can Be Nominated: Each post-secondary institution can nominate up to 3 students enrolled in music studies (degree, diploma or certificate) who intend to pursue a career in one of the following career streams: performing artist, producer/engineer, or music business.

When: Post-secondary institutions will nominate candidates in March, candidates will submit applications in April, and Award Recipients will be notified at the end of June. Mentoring will take place from September 24 to 28, 2018. 

Award Details


Recipients of the award will be given a financial award of $4,000 to assist in purchasing instruments and equipment, paying for future travel, and/or paying for festival & showcase fees.

Recipients will also be flown to Toronto* for a 4-day mentoring and networking experience that provides access to individuals in the music industry at every career stage and in every career stream. (*All inclusive trip to Toronto covering transportation and accommodation as well as a per diem.)

This financial award and mentoring & networking experience aims to improve opportunities for emerging artists to establish a career in music. 

Mentoring Sessions

Over the course of the 4 days, Recipients can expect:

  • Q&A sessions with executives
  • Welcome reception with MusiCounts & CARAS staff.
  • Tours of key media, music and entertainment companies (record labels, music studios, etc.)
  • Financial literacy session with Royal Bank of Canada
  • Meet and Greet with an artist
  • Mixer with industry leaders
  • Photo opp and certificate presentation.


Recipients can expect the following outcomes from their mentorship experience:

  • Build new connections within the music industry at all levels
  • Peer to peer networking, an opportunity for collaboration
  • Membership in alumni base made up of past MusiCounts Scholarship Recipients
  • Knowledge of inner workings of the music industry
  • Financial literacy
  • Local & national press coverage and social media coverage

Application Process


School Admin Nominations

March 10 - 31, 2018
JR 4 – 1

Applicants Notified

By End of June 2018

Applications Open & Close

April 2nd - April 30, 2018 5pm EST
Kristen T. Clark Presentation

Mentoring Session

Fall 2018

Evaluation Period

May 2018

Post Mortem Survey

Ongoing - keep sharing your stories!

Materials & Information You Need To Apply

1. Resume & Press kit (if applicable) 

2. Samples of work (video, audio, lyrics, business plan, etc)

3. Overview of career goals 

4. Letter of recommendation

5. Additional information on your story and the overall potential impact of this award

6. Social Media Handles

Nomination Criteria

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please reach out to your school administration staff.

  1. School administrators can only nominate one student per career stream with a maximum of 3 nominees in total. Once these names have been selected, they must be submitted to MusiCounts by April 1st, 2018.
  2. Administrators will then forward the nominee package to up to 3 nominated students.
  3. Nominees are responsible for completing the application.

Please contact Olivia Cummings at [email protected] for the Scholarship Info Package.

Previous Scholarship Impact Numbers

Thousand Dollars

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be entering or in the final year of their program and must have a graduation date after September 1st, 2018.
  • Identify primarily with (and are studying primarily in) one of three career streams: performing artist, producer/engineer, and music business.
  • Students may only be nominated and apply for one category
  • Only three students from each post-secondary school may be nominated for this scholarship.
  • Intend to use music as a primary source of income upon graduation
  • 18-35 years of age upon program admittance
  • Recipients that have received a MusiCounts Scholarship or Fred Sherratt Award through MusiCounts, are not eligible to receive this new award.
  • Recipients must be available to travel to Toronto, ON for a 4-day mentorship program taking place September 24, 2018 - September 28, 2018.

These three streams are not expected to be mutually exclusive (ie. performing artists also own record labels, producers are also performers, etc.) however mentoring opportunities will be tailored to the Recipients’ career goals.

Evaluation Criteria

  • MusiCounts will be looking for recipients who demonstrate artistic excellence and/or display a commitment to music in their community, show a consistently high level of achievement in their career so far, and etc.

Previous Scholarship Programs

The MusiCounts Scholarships have been reimagined. Previously, MusiCounts had two separate scholarship programs: MusiCounts Scholarships and the Fred Sherratt Awards. To learn more about these past awards, click here.