Grants and Scholarships

Grant Program

CMSA awards up to $3000 of grant money annually for the promotion and teaching of classical mandolin.  If you have an idea or project for which you would like to receive a grant, please consider submitting a Grant Proposal.  Learn more and apply here!

Scholarships

Each year CMSA offers scholarships for the annual convention. The scholarship covers convention registration, including the pre-convention workshop.  Find out if you qualify and apply here!

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Help us support our programs and scholarships. Your dollars will allow us to provide support the creation of new music for mandolin family instruments and orchestras, continue our educational goals, and promote classical mandolin around the country!

Grant Program

At the CMSA Board meeting on October 20, 2006, (and re-approved at the 2007 Convention) the CMSA Board approved an annual budget of $3,000 for grants to be awarded under the CMSA Grant Program. If you have an idea or project for which you would like to receive a grant, please consider submitting a Grant Proposal to the CMSA Grant Committee. Projects should be structured with the objective of increasing the number of mandolin musicians in North America with an emphasis on classical mandolin musicians. We encourage you to be creative!

In priority order, grants will be awarded to:

  • Teach mandolin playing technique to students (with an emphasis on recruiting new players)
  • Distribute mandolin teaching materials to students, programs, and orchestra libraries
  • Provide mandolin instruments to youth music programs
  • Increase the awareness of classical mandolin music in the community

Grant proposals must include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Sponsor (The Project Sponsor must be a CMSA member in good standing)
  • Project Contact
  • Project Description and Timetable
  • Discussion of how your project meets the objectives of the CMSA Grant Program
  • Discussion of how the success of your project will be measured and reported to the Grant Committee
  • Description of any matching grants associated with your project

Completed grant proposals must be received by the CMSA Grant Review committee by April 1 each year. Approved grants will be awarded on or about July 1st.

Scholarships

CMSA Student Scholarships

Each year CMSA offers scholarships for the annual convention. The scholarship covers convention registration, including the pre-convention workshop, for full time high school and college students. Attendees under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Requirements include:

  • Attend the entire convention Wednesday to Sunday
  • Play in the En Masse Orchestra at daily rehearsals (4) and in the Saturday evening concert
  • Attend morning sectional rehearsals Thursday to Saturday
  • Attend the Gala Banquet Friday
Apply for Student Scholarship

To apply, please complete and submit our online application form. Applications must be received before October 1st. Scholarships are limited, so apply early if you are interested.


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Lou Chouinard Scholarship for Second Mandolins

At the Austin Convention in 2015, CMSA announced the establishment of the Lou Chouinard Scholarship for Second Mandolins.

During his tenure as President of CMSA, Lou worked tirelessly for the betterment of the organization, leaving his imprint on every aspect of our activities. The financial stability we enjoy today is due in large part to Lou’s steady guidance. As Lou’s successors, Sue & I have benefitted greatly from his wisdom and experience, and his ready willingness to share.

To acknowledge Lou’s contribution to CMSA, we wanted to create something lasting, something that would nurture a cause that was close to his heart. As many of you know, Lou has long been a champion of the second mandolin section of the En Masse Orchestra at conventions. The decision was made to set up a scholarship to benefit other second mandolin players. In the weeks leading to the Austin Convention, we had quietly collected seed donations of close to $1200 for this purpose, and we were able to surprise Lou at the gala banquet with the official unveiling of this Scholarship in his name.

Beginning with the Philadelphia convention, first time convention attendees who register for the second mandolin section of the En Masse Orchestra may apply to access some of these funds in order to help offset the costs of attending the convention. Alternatively, CMSA members may wish to recommend someone for this scholarship.

Apply for Second Mandolin Scholarship

To apply, please complete and submit our online application form. Applications must be received before October 1st. Scholarships are limited, so apply early if you are interested.


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