Scholarships and Financial Assistance

“The Uptown Music Collective prides itself on never turning away a deserving student because of their inability to pay.”

A Tradition of Supportwebscholarship
In the early days of the school, founder Dave Brumbaugh would teach students who couldn’t afford to pay for free. They just needed to show the desire to learn the guitar, and the discipline to work hard at it. In return he expected them to excel at their studies, to clean and take care of the school, help with organizational tasks, and when ready, to teach their peers.


That idea of making high-quality music education available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or financial status, is at the core of what we do sixteen years later. As we’ve grown, so has the need to formalize our system of Financial Aid. It is still based on student merit and financial need. There is also a requirement that scholarship students demonstrate a passion for learning, through good attendance, appropriate study habits and grades. They are also expected to “give back” in return for the hand up, by taking part in volunteer programs, communicating regularly with the scholarship committee, and serving as a good example for their peers.

2017-2018 Scholarships (Applications due by May 20th, 2017)


Financial Assistance & The UMC Scholarship Fund
Each year the Uptown Music Collective raises money through it’s early Winter Fundraising Concert to support the UMC Scholarship Fund for the coming year. This fund supports the tuition of students who through the application process have shown a need for support and a drive and passion for music.
Students may apply for Financial Assistance at any time of the year, especially after the deadline has passed for scholarships. The amount of assistance given will depend on the student’s need (based on a sliding scale system), the number of approved applications, and funds available. Financial Assistance, if approved, will be for a single semester, and the student must re-apply each semester to continue assistance. Note: the “re-applying rule” will begin schoolwide before the start of the 2017-2018 year.