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D'Addario Foundation launches drum scholarship for women with Musicians Institute

Drummer Nikki Glaspie
courtesy of the artist
Drummer Nikki Glaspie

The D'Addario Foundation's Girls in Music Initiative expands this year with a new Women in Drums Scholarship for instruction from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.

The D’Addario Foundation is partnering with Musicians Institute to launch the new Women in Drums Scholarship beginning in the spring of 2022.

For several years, the D’Addario Foundation has been funding scholarships at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, including the D’Addario Foundation Guitar Scholarship and the Evans Drumhead Scholarship. In 2019, the existing guitar scholarship evolved into the Women in Guitar Scholarship as a result of funding from the Foundation’s Girls in Music Initiative.

According to the Musicians Institute, currently and in recent history, only 8% of drum students are female. That is why, this year, the D’Addario Foundation and Musicians Institute will be transforming the Evans Drumheads Scholarship to the Women in Drums Scholarship into encourage more women to pursue drumming.

“We are proud to partner with the D’Addario Foundation and their ongoing support of the D’Addario Women in Guitar Scholarship and new Women in Drums Scholarship at Musicians Institute,” says Beth Marlis, Musicians Institute vice president. “These scholarships are powerful acknowledgments and recognition of the talents of deserving young women musicians at the college level. This kind of opportunity is truly transformative, empowering, and encouraging for young artists by providing both visibility and tangible financial support to excel in their music studies. We applaud the vision and leadership of D’Addario in supporting the next generation of female artists with the tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.”

Each scholarship is $1,500 and awarded annually to celebrate and provide financial support for the education of talented, newly enrolling female-identifying students.

Scholarship submissions for the 2022 year close on March 4, 2022.

“Music is a universally powerful tool for self-expression and self-empowerment,” says Suzanne D’Addario, D’Addario Foundation executive director. “The D’Addario Foundation hopes to encourage and nurture more female musicians. It is our goal to help promote more music created by women and foster new opportunities that enable more young women to thrive in the music industry and beyond.”

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.