Scholarships and Bursaries

As an arts organization, supporting educational initiatives and emerging artists in our community is an essential part of what we do. We offer a range of scholarships that support youth development and achievement in our community. We provide annual scholarships for individual students in music programs at Toronto-area colleges and universities. We also support organizations that focus on education, outreach and youth development in a variety of ways.

Scholarships to post-secondary institutions

Every year, JAZZ.FM91 offers individual scholarships to music students at four Toronto-based post-secondary schools:

  • Humber College
  • University of Toronto
  • York University
  • Mohawk College

The criteria for these JAZZ.FM91 Scholarships, administered by the music departments of each school, include excellence in the areas of performance, knowledge of music theory and a student’s demonstrated propensity for being an engaged “team player” in their academic community.

If you are a student at one of the above schools and would like to explore these scholarships, please follow the appropriate link:

Other academic scholarships

In addition to the above scholarships, JAZZ.FM91 is proud to support other awards administered by various organizations in the Toronto area.

Youth Jazz Canada: This scholarship, administered by Humber College, is awarded to high school-aged students in connection with the Youth Jazz Canada pre-professional training program for talented Canadian youth interested in pursuing performance careers in jazz and jazz-related music fields.

CNIB Scholarship: The Canadian National Institute for the Blind Scholarship was established by JAZZ.FM91 in memory of Jeff Healey following his passing in 2008. The annual award is given to a visually impaired student who is pursuing music education at the post-secondary level.

Peter Appleyard Scholarship: This annual scholarship honours the legacy of vibraphonist Peter Appleyard and his incredible contribution to Canadian music by providing a current undergraduate jazz student with a scholarship in the amount of $500 for use toward their tuition. Eligible schools include Humber College, the University of Toronto, York University and Mohawk College.

Mary Alice Stuart Scholarship Award: Mary Alice Stuart, the founding chair of JAZZ.FM91, made an unparalleled contribution to the organization, helping to make JAZZ.FM91 the successful enterprise it is today. To honour her legacy, a program was developed in 2009 that awards scholarships to outstanding emerging jazz artists who are completing their studies at the four Toronto-based post-secondary institutions currently offering jazz programs.

Additional support within the arts

JAZZ.FM91 is also engaged in sustained financial support of the following Toronto-based arts institutions:

CIMA: JAZZ.FM91 contributes annually to the Canadian Independent Music Association in support of its professional development and community outreach opportunities for Ontario-based musicians and music business owners.

Regent Park School of Music: The Regent Park School of Music is a non-profit community music school dedicated to giving as many kids as possible a music education by removing financial obstacles. JAZZ.FM91 is a proud supporter of this worthy organization.

RCMJAZZ.FM91 contributes annually to the Royal Conservatory of Music, in support of scholarships for students in any instrument enrolled at The Glenn Gould School with preference given to those demonstrating the greatest financial need.

Jazz in the Schools: JAZZ.FM91 contributes annually to this educational initiative administered by Humber College. The program facilitates trips into Toronto District School Board schools by jazz ensembles made of Humber College music students.