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.

Upcoming deadlines:

  • Merit Auditions 2024
    • Deadline: Friday, January 26, 2024 | Audition Dates TBA
  • Need-Sensitive Private Study & Instrument Upgrade Awards
    • Deadline: July 21, 2023 | Review: Week of August 7, 2023
    • Deadline: October 15, 2023 | Review: Week of October 30, 2023
    • 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.