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Artistic Advancement

Widening the Stage for Musically Talented Youth

The Foundation supports talented musicians from limited financial backgrounds through its scholarship programs and sponsorship of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.

The Foundation recognizes that musically talented youth from low-income families often lack the funding for private lessons, master classes, quality instruments, summer programs, and performance experiences. These musicians miss out on the creativity and stimulation that comes from being surrounded by an ensemble of talented peers sharing high music aspirations and being led by inspiring faculty. The “Widening the Stage” grant initiative aims to expand access to advanced music instruction for talented young musicians, ages 8-18, from low-income backgrounds. 

Grants up to $250,000, help provide free or low-cost rigorous training through community music schools, conservatory or college preparatory programs, and summer programs to allow low-income, musically talented youth to reach their full music potential.

From The Top

From the Top is a nonprofit organization that celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Through entertaining radio and television broadcasts, online media, live events, and education programs, From the Top encourages participation and achievement in the arts. Its innovative radio and TV programs offer talented students the opportunity to perform for a national audience and showcase their musical abilities as soloists or as part of an ensemble. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation partners with From the Top to identify and support promising young musicians with financial need.