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Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation share a passion for helping exceptional young people reach their potential in all areas of their lives. From the Top is a nonprofit organization that encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music and the arts through a variety of media, including nationally broadcast television and radio shows, education programs, and its website.

Each year From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Program provides 20 outstanding young musicians who demonstrate financial need with a $10,000 scholarship to advance their artistic development and education. In addition, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists perform on the hit NPR and PBS program, From the Top, and participate in arts leadership training to spread the power of classical music.

Since 2005, From the Top has awarded over $1.8M in scholarships to more than 180 talented young people who have used their awards for new instruments, music lessons, summer music program tuition, competition fees, travel costs, computers, recording devices, and more.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists range from age 8 to 18 and hail from all across the United States and abroad. Young Artists are classically trained instrumentalists, vocalists and/or composers that are also active in community-service projects and academic pursuits. Common to all is a passion for music and a love for sharing it.

Together the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and From the Top celebrate the unlimited potential of our country’s young students by spreading the message that achievement and excellence are possible for all. Learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award and apply.  


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From the Top on NPR, hosted by Christopher O’Riley, is one of the most popular weekly music series on public radio--reaching more than 700,000 listeners on 250 radio stations across the country, and another 300,000 people on the web and through live performances and outreach activities each year.  Check your local listings at