Scholarship Grant Information

The HCMEA sponsors four grants which are awarded to Herkimer County high school seniors who are planning to further their study of music either in college or a music-related field. In order to be considered, students must complete an application and an audition. Further details pertaining to award amounts and application/audition requirements can be found HERE.

We've also listed other scholarship opportunities in Herkimer County at the bottom of this page.

HCMEA Scholarship Grant Application 2022

KJ James Memorial Scholarship Sponsored by Terakeet

The New York State Blues Festival is pleased to present the KJ James Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded every year to promising young performers.

Kelly James is known as “the father of the blues scene” in Syracuse. He was responsible for creating and cultivating the thriving blues scene we enjoy today in Central New York, including starting the area’s very first blues festival on Burnet Avenue. He played with the band, Triple Shot, then formed Dr. Blue and the Kingsnakes, who toured nationally, before going solo as Dr. Blue. Kelly James’ big heart and spirit of generosity and support for up-and-coming blues musicians was legendary in the Central New York area and beyond.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Applicants must be no older than 18 years of age.

  • Please submit completed applications by May 23, 2022 to scholarship@nysbluesfest.com.

  • Completion of 3 short essay questions (see application)

  • Send a digital recording or video highlighting your performing or your songwriting ability.

One winner will be awarded $2,000! Please see attached application for full details


$500 Scholarship from the Local 78 Musicians Federation for any student pursuing a degree in music. Please see the details below and contact their secretary for an application. Deadline: June 30th, 2022

2022_Local78_Scholarship Announcement.pdf