Financial Assistance

The Manchester Community Music School is committed to ensuring that anyone wishing to benefit from music education or music therapy services can regardless of their financial situation.

Through the generosity of many donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations, the Music School’s Financial Assistance Program provides assistance to students with demonstrated need and a commitment to learn.

Each year MCMS awards an average of $100,000 in financial assistance. The amount of aid is based on household income, family size, financial obligations and is limited by the availability of the Music School’s financial resources. Special consideration is given to families in the event of emergencies, illness, job loss or other extenuating circumstances. The majority of awards offer partial assistance.

To apply for financial assistance, please complete the Financial Assistance Form and the MCMS Volunteer Form. Please note, the Volunteer Form must be included with the Financial Assistance application.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Music School is pleased to offer special scholarship awards available for the academic year. 

The successful candidates will be students who demonstrate exemplary drive, work ethic, and commitment to their study.

The Peter F. D’Amato Music Memorial Fund

This scholarship will fund one student (whose focus is jazz studies) for a full academy year of 30-minute lessons, as well as two student’s participation in the Jazz Ensemble for a full year.

The Port Fermata Foundation Fund

This scholarship will fund a full year of 30-minute lessons for 4 students. It is not specific to a particular instrument, all qualifying instrumentalists or vocalists may apply.

Barbara D. Dewey Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will fund one 45-minute lesson or two partial 30-minute lessons for a full academic year. Preference is given to students studying the piano, but anyone may apply.


To Apply You Will Need the Following:

  1. Letter from the student applicant describing their commitment to, future plans for, and experiences with musical studies.
  2. Recommendation from a music teacher demonstrating the student’s commitment to his/her musical studies and music education
  3. Music School standard Financial Assistance Application to demonstrate financial need, completed by the student and family.
Application Deadline is July 15.