Grantee Spotlight: From the Top & Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and From the Top are proud supporters of today’s talented youth and seek to provide them the necessary resources to succeed. The NPR hit program, From the Top, gives young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents on a live, nationwide radio broadcast as a part of their National Radio Taping Tour, with an audience of more than 700,000 listeners.


Each year From the Top selects 20 promising young musicians from low-income backgrounds for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. These talented students are ages 8-18, and reside across the U.S. and abroad. Devoted students of classical piano, violin, flute, guitar, and more, who are also active in community-service projects and academic pursuits, are among those chosen to participate.

The Foundation’s “Widening the Stage” grant initiative aims to expand access to more advanced music instruction to support the artistic advancement of talented young musicians. This year From the Top will award more than $200,000 through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Artist Award.

Since 2005, there have been over 160 recipients of the Young Artist Award and over $1.6 million awarded to these deserving young musicians.