Scholarships

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

We are very happy to announce the availability of Youth Scholarships and Adult Financial Assistance Awards to Cascadia Irish Music Week, which takes place July 19-25, 2020 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA. On this page you’ll find all the information about applying for a scholarship or award. Full information about the week itself can be found on our website, www.cascadiairish.org

Youth Scholarships

For 2020 we will award full scholarships which include:

  • Full tuition for classes at Cascadia Irish Music Week

  • Lodging and food at the Evergreen State College during the week 


We will also award partial scholarships which include:

  • Full tuition for classes at Cascadia Irish Music Week (but not lodging and food)


The scholarships do not include:

  • Airfares and transportation to or from the camp

  • Costs for a parent or chaperone to attend

  • Students under 18 must have a parent or chaperone on campus. CIMW offers a special reduced rate for chaperones that includes meals and lodging at cost.


Criteria and deadline


The deadline for applying for one of our scholarships is February 29, 2020. Results will be announced in March.   

Recipients must not have received a scholarship to any earlier Cascadia Irish Music Week and must be:

  • Between 10 and 21 years old 

  • Experienced and reasonably competent at playing Irish traditional music on one of the instruments we teach:

Fiddle

Flute

Tin whistle

Button accordion

Concertina (anglo)

Irish tenor banjo

Guitar (Irish accompaniment)

Celtic harp


HOW TO APPLY


1 - Please make a video of yourself playing a REEL, a JIG, and a HORNPIPE at moderate tempos

The tunes must be unaccompanied

The tunes should be reasonably well-known Irish traditional tunes

(For example, anything from the Foinn Seisún series of books and CDs would be good.)


For guitar accompaniment you can play along with an unaccompanied recording or a live musician. If you need help on this please email us and we’ll send recordings.


Don’t worry about making a high quality video, just shoot it with a cell phone or camcorder

You can upload the video directly to Dropbox from our application form.

If you have any trouble with the process or need some help, email us


2 - Complete our online application, where you will tell us about your interest in Irish traditional music and share your video via Youtube or Dropbox


3 - Don’t stress out too much about all this. :-)  We’re looking for people who have a strong interest in our music and have made some effort to learn it.


If you have any questions about the scholarships or the application process, please email us at  scholarships@cascadiairish.org









Adult Financial Assistance Awards

For 2020 we will award “full registration” discounts, as follows:

  • $400 discount when registering for the “full package”, tuition, food and lodging

  • Student pays $585 instead of $985


We will also award partial discounts which include:

  • $200 discount when registering for tuition only (not lodging and food)

  • Student pays $310 instead of $510

  • Intended primarily for local residents


These awards do not include:

  • Airfares and transportation to or from the camp


Criteria and deadline


The deadline for applying for one of these awards is February 29, 2020. Recipients will be notified in March. These discounts will be awarded based on the applicant’s ability, experience and interest in Irish traditional music. Since Cascadia’s Mission Statement defines our goal as “encouraging and supporting Irish traditional music in the Pacific Northwest”, preference will be given to applicants living in the Northwest.  


Recipients must be:

  • Over 21 years old (if 21 or under please apply for a scholarship)

  • Experienced and reasonably competent at playing Irish traditional music on one of the instruments we teach:

Fiddle

Flute

Tin whistle

Button accordion

Concertina (anglo)

Irish tenor banjo

Guitar (Irish accompaniment)

Celtic harp


HOW TO APPLY


1 - Please make a video of yourself playing a REEL, a JIG, and a HORNPIPE at moderate tempos

The tunes must be unaccompanied

The tunes should be reasonably well-known Irish traditional tunes

(For example, anything from the Foinn Seisún series of books and CDs would be good.)


For guitar accompaniment you can play along with an unaccompanied recording or a live musician. If you need help on this please email us and we’ll send recordings.


Don’t worry about making a high quality video, just shoot it with a cell phone or camcorder

You can upload the video directly to Dropbox from our application form.

If you have any trouble with the process or need some help, email us


2 - Complete our online application, where you will tell us about your interest in Irish traditional music and share your video via Youtube or Dropbox


3 - Don’t stress out too much about all this. :-)  We’re looking for people who have a strong interest in our music and have made some effort to learn it.


If you have any questions about these awards or the application process, please email us at  scholarships@cascadiairish.org