2016 Special Grants 

The Schubert Club offers grants to serious, talented music students in need of financial assistance to further their musical development. Most grants are for $500 and are used for special music education projects such as summer camp, workshops, etc. In addition to music camps and workshops, the Special Grants Committee welcomes and encourages other unique and innovative projects which further musical creativity and development. Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 30 (32 for vocalists) and reside in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin. (The cost of on-going lessons, on-going school tuition, transportation or housing are not supported by Special Grants.)

Application Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2016

In addition to submitting your application, please download the two recommendation forms and have your references complete them. The completed forms can then be emailed to kcooper@schubert.org. Both references forms are required and due by the application deadline.

Download Teacher Recommendation Form

Download Second Recommendation Form

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Special Grant Rules


1. The applicant must be no younger than 12 years old and no older than 30 years old on May 31, 2015 and a resident of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin.

2. Current year Winners of The Schubert Club Scholarship Competition are NOT eligible to apply for a Special Grant.

3. The applicant must submit a complete Special Grants application. Please do not send a resume or curriculum vitae. 

4. The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation, one from the applicant’s current music teacher and one from another person unrelated to the applicant.



Completed applications must be received on line by the end of Monday, April 11, 2016.  Additionally, all letters of recommendation must be received by that time by email to kcooper@schubert.org or mail to The Schubert Club office:  302 Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St., Saint Paul, MN, 55102


The Special Grants Committee meets in April to review applications and to recommend awards.


Recipients of Special Grants will be notified by Friday, April 29, 2016. Award checks will be issued without delay to the individual or program as specified on the recipient’s application.


Special Grant recipients must provide a written, final report to the Special Grants Committee by Sept. 12, 2016. Failure to do so will remove the recipient from future grant and Student Scholarship Competition eligibility. A Final Report Form will be mailed to each Special Grant recipient.


Examples of programs for which students have received grants:

  • Amherst Early Music Festival’s Baroque Academy
  • Boston GuitarFest at the New England Conservatory
  • Bowdoin International Music Festival
  • Eastern Music Festival
  • Encore School for Strings
  • Golandsky Institute Summer Music Symposium
  • Greenwood Music Camp
  • Italian language study at the University of Minnesota
  • Madeline Island Music Camp
  • Meadowmount School of Music
  • Minnesota Opera Camp
  • Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute
  • Université Européenne d’été pour le Saxophone
  • Young Artist Camp at the University of Minnesota-Duluth

The costs of on-going lessons, on-going school tuition, transportation or housing are not supported by Special Grants awards.