The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund Announces Over $165,000 in Grants Awarded Across North America

Established by major music record labels, the MPTF has distributed 120 scholarships to benefit aspiring professional musicians and children of professional musicians.

NEW YORK, September 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A scholarship program using the assets of the music industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund has awarded more than $165,000 to 120 students.

The MPTF’s Music’s Future Scholarship revives an initiative from the 1990s that supports aspiring professional musicians studying at the post-secondary level. The 30 recipients attend colleges and universities in geographically diverse regions, including:

  • Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
  • Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Man.
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
  • Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
  • Towson University, Towson, MD
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Music’s Future scholarships will open doors for students studying music performance, education, therapy and conducting,” said Dan BeckMPTF trustee.

The students wrote about themselves and their future in music:

  • “I want to teach students how to express themselves through music and show them that music is something deeper than playing notes on a page.”
  • “I come from a family of Mexican immigrants, so I am the first in my family to have graduated from university and, more specifically, from music school.”
  • “We are all students in this world, constantly learning. What is important is that we learn as much as we can and share it with younger generations.”
  • “As an African American…I feel like it’s my job to help make a difference.”

A full list of 2022 Music’s Future Scholars can be viewed here:

More than 90 students whose parents are members of the American Federation of Musicians have received MPTF Music Family Scholarships to pursue higher education and become leaders in their chosen fields. Over 33% are studying for music-related careers. The MPTF established this scholarship fund in June 2020 to encourage AF-M member families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Music benefits cultures and communities,” Beck continued. “We are excited to help more young people learn, play, teach and express themselves through music – and to encourage all of us to make and enjoy music.”

About the MPTF: The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public service organization whose mission is to support entry-free live events performed by professional musicians across the states United States and Canada. We seek to enrich the lives of audiences, young and old, through music, and to contribute to audience knowledge and appreciation of music. We also seek to make music and music education an exciting experience and extend it to every child’s life experience. The MPTF was created over 70 years ago by record labels such as Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Interested parties may contact Hepburn-Beaty at [email protected] or visit

SOURCE Music Performance Trust Fund