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HoustonFest announces music scholarship, grants

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HoustonFest 2012 announced the creation of the Houston Caldwell Music Scholarship.  This program is part of the HoustonFest mission to provide inspiration and avenues for regional youth to pursue their artistic endeavors preserving the musical heritage of our region.
Houston Caldwell, who died on April 30, 2010, was only 18 years old, “but his musical legacy, passion for the continued growth of our musical heritage, and his spirit of community service will live on as we continue to fulfill his vision,” according to the festival website.
Beginning this year, a percentage of HoustonFest profits will be earmarked for scholarships to individual youth and grants to non-profit traditional music programs. Funding levels will be determined at the discretion of the Houston Caldwell Scholarship Committee.

Individual Scholarships
Individual applicants will be selected to receive a scholarship that may be applied to the traditional music education of the recipient’s choice.
Recipients may apply the funds toward traditional music education and can be applied to tuition fees for workshops, camps or private lessons to learn to play traditional acoustic instruments over a continued period of time.
Applicants must demonstrate acceptance to and enrollment in a program of study that fits the criteria.  
The Houston Caldwell Scholarship will pay fees for tuition or private lessons with funding level at the discretion of the Houston Caldwell Scholarship Committee. Fees will be paid directly to the educational institution, camp or qualified instructor.
Scholarship winnings must be redeemed within one year of announcement to recipients.  
Students/musicians of traditional acoustic music Instruments in grades 8 to 12 and high school graduates up to age 21 are eligible for individual music scholarships.  Applicants must be residents of the Central Appalachian Region to include counties in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Application packets must be completed and returned (postmarked) by April 15, 2012, including:
• A completed application form
• Two letters of reference from an adult (parents of applicant excluded)
• Standard size CD or DVD recording demonstrating the applicant’s musicianship
• 150-word essay explaining why the applicant would like to win the scholarship and explanation of how they plan to use the scholarship.

Grants to Non-Profit Traditional Music Programs
The Houston Caldwell Scholarship Program will offer opportunities for traditional music programs to compete for grants.
Funding level is determined by the Houston Caldwell Scholarship Committee to pay instructors, student fees or fund general operating expenses.
Organizations must have non-profit status and must be serving youth of Virginia, North Carolina or Tennessee. Preference will be given to applicants in the immediate region including the City of Galax, Grayson and Carroll Counties in Virginia.
Interested organizations should submit a written narrative describing their music program. Narratives must be completed and submitted (postmarked) by April 15, 2012, and must include:
• History and objectives of your program
• Structure of program, target population and number of children served
• Key artists and organizations involved in the program
• Annual operating expense and projected use of grant money
• Proof of non-profit status.

Application packets should be mailed to: HoustonFest, Attn: Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 1516, Galax, VA 24333.
Go to www.HoustonFestGalax.com for scholarship or grant details, send e-mail to HoustonFest2011@yahoo.com or call 236-9908.
Winners of the HoustonFest 2012 scholarships and grants will be notified by April 30, 2012, and announced during the event in May.
Recipients will be required to be present at HoustonFest 2012 to receive the award when announced.  
Artists receiving awards will be expected to perform in a Scholarship Showcase at HoustonFest 2013.