Musicians Institute—the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood—has announced the brand new Joe Bonamassa Torch Bearer Scholarship, offering $35,000 in tuition credit to support the educational growth of a newly enrolling MI Guitar Program student. Sponsored by Bonamassa’s own non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, advanced skills, and the potential for developing a unique sound on the guitar.
“Sometimes you are fortunate enough that an opportunity presents itself to change someone else's life,” said Bonamassa. “Musicians Institute has great programs, but when it all boils down, sometimes a kid can only afford either the tuition or the room and board—not to mention guitar strings and picks. So we have taken the tuition off the table, and are sending a kid to school for a year. To whoever gets the scholarship, I hope that he or she uses it to change the trajectory of their lives. Good luck and keep playing loud!”
The scholarship is available to guitarists who will be enrolled in an Associate of Arts or Bachelor Degree Guitar Performance Program at MI beginning in Fall 2015. Applicants are invited to submit a DVD of themselves performing three songs in any genre (two live ensemble performances and one unaccompanied solo guitar performance) on the electric and/or acoustic guitar. The deadline for Fall 2015 applicants is August 28. For details, visit mi.edu/admissions-financial-aid/scholarships.
“Joe Bonamassa absolutely ‘walks the walk’ when it comes to supporting music education and inspiring the next generation,” said Beth Marlis, Vice President of Industry + Community Relations at Musicians Institute. “We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Joe, and we’re confident that this amazing scholarship opportunity will excite the talents of aspiring guitarists around the world.”
About Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation
Founded and overseen by Bonamassa himself, the non-profit Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation promotes the heritage of the blues to the next generation, funds music scholarships, and supplements the loss of music education in public schools. Through generous corporate sponsorships by industry powerhouses Ernie Ball, Guitar Center, J&R Adventures, and other donors, KTBA has been able to fund music projects affecting over 19,000 students since 2013. Click here for more information.