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NMS 50th anniversary scholarship and grant package applications open today

The Nassau Music Society (NMS) is today accepting applications for a $10,000 total disbursement of scholarships in four separate categories – piano tuning, instrument awards, Family Island awards and open grants – during its 50th anniversary.

Piano tuning

The piano tuning scholarship is a home study/online course through the Randy Potter School of Piano Technology. The scholarship offered provides sufficient funding for the completion of a correspondence course on piano tuning, repair, regulating, voicing, apprentice training, business practices, dealer and manufacturer relations. It also includes complete course materials as well as tools, parts, repair supplies and vertical action model.

Additionally, NMS officials say they will create apprentice opportunities for the successful candidate with a visiting master piano tuner, as their goal is to prepare the individual with everything needed to start and operate a professional, profitable and much-needed piano service business in The Bahamas.

The successful candidate will possess advanced piano skills and be self-motivated. The application will include a statement of intent, two character references and a performance video demonstrating advanced piano skills. The recipient also has to agree to the terms, which will include two progress reports over a 12-month period.

Instrument awards

A gift of a new wind instrument – BACH Trumpet, SELMER 400 Series Alto Sax or BACH Trombone – will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated ability and commitment.

Applicants have to include a statement of intent, performance video (two to three minutes in length) and letter of recommendation from someone who can attest to their musical ability (music teacher or professional). The recipient of the grant will agree to the terms, which will include the possibility of being included on the program of an NMS concert.

Family Island awards

A set of four Ludwig Percussion Kits will be awarded to a Family Island Primary School(s) with a demonstrated commitment to music education.

The kits include bells for learning melodic notation, practice pads for developing rhythmic skills, stands, mallets and drumsticks that all fit into a bag with handles and backpack-style straps.

Two runner-up Family Island schools will each receive four Boomaphone Whack Packs. Each pack includes an eight-tube Boomwhacker, C-Major Diatonic Set, a Xylo Tote to create a Boomwhacker xylophone, mallets, the Whack-a-Doodle-Doo! Songbook, an Octavator Tube Cap Set to lower the tone of the Boomwhackers by an octave and instructions.

The application will include the CV of the designated music teacher and a letter of support from the school principal.

The recipient of the grant will agree to the terms, which include a progress report within the first year.

Open grants from $250 up to $1,500 (total $2,500)

Open to all students, teachers, groups, organization and schools, grants may be used to support a variety of activities related to music that include but are not limited to education, outreach, performance, professional development or travel. Funds will be awarded on the basis of demonstrated ability, commitment, merits and likelihood of success of the project or goal.

The application will include a description of the project, objectives and desired outcomes as well as a project timeline.

Grant recipients are expected to agree to the terms, which include providing proof of complete funding for the proposed project if the NMS grant funds only part of the project.

Application portals open on the NMS website ( today and close on April 30. Decisions will be announced on May 24 with the awards presented on June 6.


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