Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarships Open

All  entering  students  applying  to  Swarnabhoomi  Academy  of Music qualify for scholarship eligibility.

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

Entering students should first apply for admission by filling out
the Admissions Application Form.

Our Admissions Office will process the application and inform the applicant if he/she is
conditionally admitted to SAM.

Student has to submit all scholarship material as stated in the criteria for each category.

Upon conditional acceptance in the program, 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 your Youtube channel or any other video channel service provider
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 legitimate 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 performance 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:

A

•  Presidential Scholarship
•  General Excellence Scholarship
•  International Student Scholarship
•  Young Women in Music

B
•  Music Production Scholarships

C

•  Indian Classical Musician Advancement Scholarship

D
•  Scholarships for Students with disabilities

E
•  Need Based Grants

F
•  Merit based: Continuing students

 

Category Descriptions:

Category A

Applications for:
•  Presidential Scholarship
•  General Excellence Scholarship
•  International Student Scholarship
•  Young Women in Music

Materials to be submitted by Category A applicants:

1.  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

2. Professional Resume

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.

3. Essay in 500 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 institution?
• Where do you see yourself as a professional musician after you graduate from SAM?

Letters of recommendation or reference will be also given consideration.

Category B

Applications for: Music Production Scholarships

Materials to be submitted by Category B applicants:

1. Production Portfolio:

Total duration – Not exceeding 10 min in total
• Two complete productions – showcasing recording or mixing or
producing abilities
• Upload & transfer the final stereo mix (16 bit, 44.1K, WAV/AIFF files) to any legitimate sharing
website and forward the links.
• If the tracks are published or uploaded onto a commercial website or Sound Cloud, YouTube, etc.
then please send us the links.
• Submit a track sheet including all the inserted plug-ins and auxiliary channels used for the
entire production (mixing or recording).
• Session pictures, software screen shots, letters of reference
from artists, producers and composers
• Submit a document (250 words) describing the production session including miking techniques,
mixing and processing used.
• Written analysis (500 words) of a chosen Record producer, or
Record/Mix ßengineer.

* You might be asked to submit the full production session files during the evaluation stage.

2. Professional Resume

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

3. Essay in 500 words that tells us the following:

• What is special about you as a music producer or record/mix engineer?
• 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 music producer after
you graduate from SAM?

Letters of recommendation or reference will be also given consideration.

Category C

Applications for: Indian Classical Musician Advancement Scholarship

Materials to be submitted by Category C applicants:

1. Demo:

Total duration: Not exceeding 12 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.

2.  Professional Resume
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.

3. Essay in 500 words that tells 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 a range of western Contemporary
music styles at 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?

Letters of recommendation or reference will be also given consideration.

Category D

Applications for: Scholarships for Students with disabilities

Materials to be submitted by Category D applicants:

1. Demo

Total duration: Not exceeding 7 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

2. Essay in 500 words that tell us the following

• Your music background 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 E

Category E1
Applications for : Need Based Grants (Music Performance)

Materials to be submitted by Category E music performance applicants:

  1. Demo

Total duration: Not exceeding 8 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 preferred0
  1. Essay in 500 words that tell us the following:
  • Your music background 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 last year’s tax return of both the student (if applicable) and/or at least one of the Parents. These should be emailed to the Scholarships Office as a scanned pdf document.

Category E2
Applications for : Need Based Grants (Music Production)

Materials to be submitted by Category E Music Production applicants:

  1. Demo

Total duration: Not exceeding 8 min

  • Two songs – Showcasing recording or mixing abilities
  • Upload & transfer the final stereo mix (16 bit, 44.1K, WAV/AIFF files) to any legitimate sharing website and forward the links.
  • If the tracks are published or uploaded onto a commercial website or Sound Cloud, YouTube, etc. then please send us the links.
  • Submit a track sheet including all the inserted plug-ins and auxiliary channels used for the entire production (mixing or recording).
  1. Essay in 500 words that tell us the following:
  • Your music production background 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 last year’s tax return of both the student (if applicable) and/or at least one of the Parents. These should be emailed to the Scholarships Office as a scanned pdf document.

Category F

Merit based: Continuing students

This scholarship is awarded to continuing students based on:

•  GPA and overall performance
•  Work-study allotment review
•  General contribution to SAM

Students who wish to apply for continuing scholarship should fill out the Continuing Scholarship
Award form before the close of the semester.

Check the exact date with the Office of Scholarship

Scholarship Terms & Conditions

•  Scholarships are granted through an evaluation of the candidate and the submitted materials.

•  All decisions made by the Scholarship Panel are final.

•  Scholarship awards are subject to submitted materials and if they as per the criteria listed on
the website.

•  Work-study allotment agreement is made upon receiving scholarship & during registration week.

•  Scholarship is valid for a semester only.

•  Scholarship is made only against tuition fee. All other fees are not scholarship applicable.

•  Scholarship is revoked in part or full if student is suspended or if stern disciplinary action
is taken against the student.

•  Scholarship is also valid subject to the student performance and review throughout the semester
by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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