Music scholarships for all ages and skill levels

Press release from Asheville Music School: 

The Paul Thorpe Music Education Fund (PTMEF) was created in honor of Paul Thorpe, beloved late director of Asheville Music School (AMS). A nonprofit music school, AMS strengthens Western NC communities through music education and outreach, and continues Paul’s legacy through its scholarship and outreach programs. Since its inception in 2012, AMS and the PTMEF have awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships to scores of families.

The AMS scholarship program provides financial help to those who would otherwise be unable to afford music lessons. Scholarships cover 50-75% of tuition, helping students receive weekly private music lessons for as little as $25 a month.

To apply, visit to see the instruments taught, and a list of teachers. Then, download the application, or call (828) 252-6244 to request one by mail. Applicants will be required to provide proof of income. The PTMEF scholarship program is available to all ages, children and adults, of any skill level. The next deadline to apply is May 31, 2018, for a 6 month semester starting July 1.

Asheville Music School’s Sound Education Outreach program connects AMS students and teachers with our community through free performances and music classes for families, seniors, veterans, the homeless, and people with disabilities at sites throughout Western NC. Participating youth not only reap the personal, educational and social benefits inherent in music study and performance, but also experience the pride and satisfaction of contributing to the greater community.

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