Reading Musical Foundation awards more than $200,000 annually in music scholarships to Berks County musicians. The scholarship program at RMF offers:

Merit Awards (awards by audition) – held annually each March
RMF holds professionally adjudicated auditions for students in grades 1-12 for piano, organ, strings, woodwind, brass, guitar, voice, and percussion, as well as college tuition scholarships for high school seniors planning to major in music in college.

Need-Sensitive Awards
RMF provides scholarships for students who would like to take private lessons, purchase a new instrument, or attend a summer music camp, but do not have the financial resources to do so. RMF reviews applications quarterly. Private study students may reapply for renewal awards every six months.

Download 2023-2024 Scholarship Directory

Upcoming deadlines:

  • Merit Auditions 2024
    • Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024
    • March 3, 2024: Chuck Loeb Jazz Ensemble Auditions
    • March 16, 2024 Auditions: Grades 1-6: Piano & Strings | Grades 5-6: Brass & Woodwind | Grades 7-9: Piano, Organ, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, & Voice
    • March 17, 2024 Auditions: Grades 4-12: Classical & Jazz Guitar | Grades 7-12: Percussion | Grades 10-12: Piano, Organ, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, & Voice
    • April 14, 2024 Auditions: College Tuition Auditions (HS Seniors Majoring in Music)
  • Need-Sensitive Private Study & Instrument Upgrade Awards
    • Deadline: February 15, 2024 | Review: Week of February 26, 2024
    • Deadline: April 26, 2024 | Review: Week of May 13, 2024
  • Need-Sensitive Summer Music Camp Awards
  • Deadline: April 26, 2024 | Review: Week of May 13, 2024

Interested in Establishing a Scholarship?
Establishing a scholarship fund at Reading Musical Foundation is a terrific way to honor or memorialize your music journey, or the musical contributions of a loved one. A variety of fund types are available, and RMF offers flexibility to donors in establishing a scholarship. Please contact RMF’s office to learn more about creating a fund within RMF’s Scholarship Program.