NATS is committed to a future when no student will be denied access to the National Student Auditions for financial reasons. With that goal in mind, this fall NATS launches its NSA Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide support for students of NATS members at all levels of the auditions who can’t afford the cost.
NSA give students a unique opportunity to perform, help students deepen their engagement with their art, and build a supportive community around performers and teachers. For those of us committed to music and to singing, it is distressing that some students cannot afford to participate.
Dan Johnson-Wilmot talks to NSA prize winner Alexandra Burch about her experience with the NSA.
“Financial support can make such a difference in whether someone even does the competition,” said Alexandra Burch, a prize winner in the 2021 NSA. “You end up not doing something that could have been very beneficial for you, that would have enabled you to grow as a person.”
“It’s very personal for many of our member teachers, because many of them subsidize their students out of their own pockets,” said Dan Johnson-Wilmot, National Student Auditions Coordinator. “If we can pool that effort, we can make sure the scholarship allows all our students to participate in the national student auditions, even if they can’t afford it.”
The new endowment will be one of the highlighted choices for directing charitable gifts during this year’s membership renewal and will be the featured fund for Giving Tuesday on November 30.
Anyone interested in helping to launch the fund financially may do so at the link below.