Scholarship Grant Information

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 in a music related field. In order to be considered, students must first complete an application and will then be scheduled for 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.

Scholarship Sponsored by the B# Music Organization:

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:

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

Local 78 American Federation of Musicians Scholarship announcement:

Scholarship Announcement 2024.docx