Scholarship Guidelines

Guidelines

Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music recognizes the need to reward outstanding student applicants with financial incentives to enable them to study at SAM and bring credit to the institution and themselves. To this end, SAM has instated two Scholarship programs for the students,

  • Entering Student Scholarships
  • Continuing Student Scholarships

Scholarship Application Procedure

All Scholarship applicants must first secure an admission at SAM. Entering students should first apply for Admission by filling out the Admissions Application Form. In the Application form, they must indicate if they are applying for Merit Scholarships or Need Based Grants. Our admissions Office will process the application and inform the applicant if he/she is admitted to SAM. Once the applicant’s admission is confirmed, the Scholarships office will e-mail the applicant of all scholarship procedures including demo guidelines, dates of submission of materials and all other relevant details.

For more information on Scholarships, please email scholarships@sam.org.in

Entering Scholarship Application Guidelines

Note

All materials must be e-mailed to scholarships@sam.org.in

All videos must be uploaded to Youtube and the links sent to us.

Audio of size less than 10 MB can be e-mailed to us in mp3 format. If the size is more than 10 MB, they can be uploaded to any web site and links given to us.

All written materials such as Resumes, Essays, Tax Returns etc must be in PDF format. They must be e-mailed along with the demos together with clear details including the name of the applicant, the program to which the applicant is applying to etc.

Please note that demos will be judged on the basis of performance and musical content and not on production value or recording quality. However, please make sure that the demos are of a reasonable quality. Poor demos with bad audio and/or video will be rejected.

Please mention which Category you wish to be considered for (Each applicant can be considered in only ONE category)

Categories:

Category A

Applications for Presidential Scholarship, General Excellence Scholarship, “Young Women in Music” Scholarship, International Student Scholarship and Scholarships by instrument

Based on the Scholarships demo, the scholarships office will determine for which scholarships (Presidential, Scholarships by instrument etc) the applicant is appropriate for consideration.

Materials to be submitted by Category A applicants:

A) Demo:

Total duration – Not exceeding 15 min

  • Three songs – vocal or instrumental, original or cover – as diverse as possible stylistically
  • One song has to be a video of a solo piece on your chosen instrument or voice played with no accompaniment or band
  • The other two songs can be audio or video although video is preferred
  • At least one of the two songs must be in time signatures other than 4/4 or 3/4
  • Each song should feature an improvised solo on your chosen instrument. At least one song should feature a solo over a specific chord progression for instrumentalists. In the case of drummers, at least one song should feature a solo over a specific vamp

Extra consideration will be given to applicants who

  • Send us a handwritten chart of score or parts or lead sheet to a song or instrumental composition if it is an original – a scanned pdf document can be e-mailed to scholarships office with details of name of applicant, name of the songs etc.
  • Unique rearrangement of a cover song harmonically or rhythmically, in case of cover songs being played
  • Any of the songs reflecting a strong cultural and/or musical influence of the applicant’s country/province/region
  • Submit music that has a challenging melodic, harmonic and/or rhythmic framework
  • Demonstrate good compositional and arranging skills

In short, the more musically advanced your demo is, the more the range of scholarships that we will consider you for, thereby bettering your chances of higher scholarship awards.

B) Professional Resume not exceeding two pages. Be sure to include distinguishing details such as important performances, collaborations, CD projects, other recordings, awards and citations, online links to your music and videos etc.

C) Essay in 300 words that tells us the following –

  • What is special about you as a musician?
  • What motivated you to apply to SAM?
  • Why do you think SAM should give you a scholarship?
  • What can you bring to SAM to enrich the place?
  • Where do you see yourself as a professional musician after you graduate from SAM?
Category B

Applications for Indian Classical Musician Advancement Scholarship

Materials to be submitted by Category B applicants:

A) Demo:
Total duration: Not exceeding 15 min

  • Three songs – vocal or instrumental
  • One song has to be a video of an extended Raga Alapana of one raga or ragamalika either in Carnatic or Hindustani style
  • The other two songs must have a minimum of percussion accompaniment and can be audio or video although video is preferred. These two songs must be in two different talas
  • In the case of Carnatic music, the songs must be varnams or kritis only. In case of Hindustani music, they can be any song form

B) Professional Resume not exceeding two pages. Be sure to include distinguishing details such as important performances, collaborations, CD projects, other recordings, awards and citations, online links to your music and videos etc.

C) An Essay in 300 words that tell us the following –

  • What is special about you as a musician?
  • Are you passionate about many other styles of music?
  • What motivated you to apply to SAM?
  • Why do you think SAM should give you a scholarship?
  • How do you think you will benefit from studying and performing everything from Jazz to Rock and Contemporary world musical styles in SAM?
  • What can you bring to SAM to enrich the place? Where do you see yourself as a professional musician after you graduate from SAM?
Category C

Applications for Scholarships for Students with disabilities

Materials to be submitted by Category C applicants:

A) Demo:
Total duration: Not exceeding 10 min

  • Two songs – vocal or instrumental, original or cover – as diverse as possible stylistically
  • One song has to be a video of a solo piece on your chosen instrument or voice played with no accompaniment or band
  • The other song can be audio or video although video is preferred

B) An Essay in 300 words that tell us the following

  • Your musical history and your accomplishments
  • the nature of your disability and any effect it may have had on your music
  • how determined you are to pursue an education at SAM and
  • how you see yourself as a music professional after you graduate from SAM.
Category D

Applications for Need Based Grants

Materials to be submitted by Category D applicants:

A) Demo:
Total duration: Not exceeding 10 min

  • Two songs – vocal or instrumental, original or cover – as diverse as possible stylistically
  • One song has to be a video of a solo piece on your chosen instrument or voice played with no accompaniment or band
  • The other song can be audio or video although video is preferred

B) Essay in 300 words that tell us the following

  • Your musical history and your accomplishments
  • your financial background and why you chose to apply to SAM
  • how you will work to benefit from this grant and how you see yourself as a music professional after you graduate from SAM.

In addition to these, Need Based Grants Applicants must demonstrate financial need by producing the last year’s tax return of both the student (if applicable) and/or at least one of the Parents. These could be emailed to the scholarships office as a scanned pdf document.

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