Andrew Bird Scholarship
Andrew Bird Scholarship is an annual audition-based scholarship program that provides one year of private music lessons to a student enrolled at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts).
In 2010, one of Andrew Bird’s biggest fans saw him perform live. She was so inspired by his music that it became her immediate goal to find a way to give back. This was accomplished by starting a fund to provide a musical opportunity for a student in Chicago. Through the partnership between Andrew Bird’s management and Foundations of Music (formerly Rock For Kids), the Andrew Bird Scholarship was born.
The Andrew Bird Scholar demonstrates a financial need, auditions on his/her primary instrument including vocal performance, and writes an essay describing what piece of music or musical experience inspired them to pursue music. Members of the Chicagoland music education and performance landscape, including Andrew Bird himself, donate their time to judge the auditions and essays.
Previous scholarship winners include recording and performing artist Ravyn Lenae, a 2016 ChiArts graduate and featured 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival artist.