Explore the Application Process
For a more comprehensive list of FAQs, please see the "Program Overview" pages at the beginning of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Application.
Who should apply?
- Classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers (ages 8-18) who have not yet entered college during the academic year 2012-2013.
- Applicants must be interested in performing on From the Top, and demonstrate (in order of importance): exceptional musical achievement, unmet financial need, and solid academic achievement.
Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Scholarship Benefits
- National exposure through an appearance on From the Top’s radio or television broadcasts.
- Up to $10,000 in financial support, which can be applied to instrument purchase, summer music camp expenses, and other musical expenses.
- Participation in From the Top's Arts Leadership Orientation.
- Creation and implementation of an Arts Leadership project. Young Artist Award recipients will be responsible for creating and implementing their projects, but will receive support along the way to ensure successful completion and documentation. Learn more about From the Top's Arts Leadership program.
Applications are now being accepted on a rolling admission basis with the following postmark deadlines:
- 2012-2013 Deadline I: October 1, 2012 (notified by January 2013)
- 2012-2013 Deadline II: December 1, 2012 (notified by March 2013)
- 2012-2013 Deadline III: February 1, 2013 (notified by May 2013)
*Seniors in high school MUST apply by the October 1 deadline. All other applicants may apply for any of the three deadlines.
Students are selected on an ongoing basis from November to June, according to our 2012-2013 taping schedule.
You will need a PDF-viewer like Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the application. It is FREE to apply.
Each year, From the Top nominates up to five middle school students for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program. This unique program provides substantial financial support and advising to students throughout high school and often into college and graduate school. Nationally, only 50 to 75 students are accepted into this program each year, and Young Scholars nominated by From the Top typically account for three members of each incoming class.