Scholarships FAQ

Please refer to the following FAQ for any questions you may have regarding the Music Doing Good Scholarship application! If your question is not answered here, please email us and we will be happy to help!

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Q: Who is eligible to apply for a Music Doing Good Scholarship?

A: The requirements to be considered for a Scholarship are:

  • Students who are passionate about music and in 4th-12th grade at the time of submission, from families whose total income is less than $100,000 per year.
  • Applicants must reside in the Greater Houston area.
  • Applicants must submit all application materials by Tuesday, March 19th, 2019. Awards will be announced by email by Friday, April 5th, 2019.
  • The committee will review applications based on the following criteria: artistic merit 30%, financial need 40%, “Doing Good” with music 10% and impact of music on student’s life 20%.


Q: Can I use my scholarship for college?

A: Yes, if you are a senior this year, scholarships may be applied toward tuition next fall.


Q: Can I apply for more than one instrument?

A: No, you may only apply for one particular instrument (or voice) per application.


Q: How are the different parts of the application graded?

A: The judging committee uses the following criteria to determine the final score:

  • Financial Need 40%
  • Artistic Merit 30%
  • Impact of music on student’s life 20%
  • “Doing Good” with music 10%


Q: Does the recording require piano accompaniment?

A: No, you may play any piece either with piano or unaccompanied.


Q: May I submit a piano duet or a piece of chamber music?

A: Because the listening committee does not see videos, it is very difficult to judge duets or chamber music.  Duet and chamber music repertoire will be accepted, but it is to your advantage to submit a recording of a solo piece or your part alone.


Q: Is a video or an audio recording better?

A: Both video and audio files are acceptable for your recorded piece, however, the committee only listens and does not see the videos. Please make sure the title the video or audio file includes your name.  Do not introduce yourself or say your name at the beginning of your recording. If you are recording with an iPhone, a voice memo is just as acceptable as a video and is much easier to upload to dropbox.


Q: Does Music Doing Good provide or suggest teachers?

A: No. Scholarship money is dispersed directly to the teacher, school, or workshop chosen by the student and their family.


Q: If I receive a scholarship, when and where is the Award Ceremony?

A: The Award Ceremony will be held Saturday, April 13th from 1-3pm at HSPVA (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts) 790 Austin St., Houston, TX 77002