Music Performance Trust Fund awards $100,000 in scholarships to over 100 students in the United States and Canada

NEW YORK, February 1, 2022 /CNW/ — The recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) has announced that more than 100 students from United States and Canada have received Music Family Scholarships of up to $2,000 continue their higher education. Members and children of members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) were invited to apply for scholarships by writing essays on the importance of free live music in communities. Excerpts from winning essays and a full list of recipients are available on the MPTF website at

Hear Music Family Scholarship recipients describe the unity and inclusiveness that admission-free live music brings to their communities:

The MPTF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization whose mission is to support free live events throughout United States and Canada. Trust fund signatories include:

  • Sony Music
  • Universal Music Group
  • Warner Music Group

“This year we read stories about the power of live music and the unifying nature of community events, especially after a drought of gatherings,” said Natty Hepburn-Beaty, Marketing Services Manager at MPTF. “Our finalists expressed the unique ability and gratuitous inclusion that live music brings to communities across North America.”

The 101 winners:

  • Live in 23 states in the United States and 6 Canadian provinces
  • Attend 83 unique higher education institutions
  • Pursue 61 unique fields of study

The MPTF created this scholarship during the pandemic, a time of great challenges and change, to encourage the children of professional musicians, and even musicians themselves, to pursue higher education and become leaders in their chosen fields. .

About the MPTF: The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit public service organization whose mission is to support free live events performed by professional musicians through the United States and Canada. Established over 70 years ago, the MPTF is funded by music companies such as Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Interested parties can call (212) 391-3950 or visit

SOURCE Music Performance Trust Fund

For further information: Natty Hepburn-Beaty, Head of Marketing Services, p: 212.391.3950, e: [email protected]