Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Thanks to generous donations, we are very happy to announce the availability of both Youth Scholarships and Financial Assistance Awards.

This year we offer three types of financial assistance:


    • Must be between 10 and 25 years old.

    • Full tuition for classes at Cascadia Irish Music Week

    • Lodging, meals and fees at the Evergreen State College during the week


    • Must be between 10 and 25 years old.

    • Full tuition for classes at Cascadia Irish Music Week

    • No meals or lodging provided

    • Intended to support young local talent.


  • Intended for those who have a strong and abiding interest in Irish traditional music, but for whom the cost of attendance would be a barrier

  • $400 discount off the "Full Package" price (not applicable to other packages)

Other details

    • Applicants for all awards should be experienced and reasonably competent at playing Irish traditional music on one of the instruments we teach: Fiddle, Flute, Button accordion, Concertina (anglo), Irish tenor banjo, Guitar (Irish accompaniment), Uilleann Pipes

  • The scholarships and awards do not include:

        • Airfare/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.

    • The application process is the same for both awards (see below)

    • The deadline for applying for all of the above awards is May 1, 2022

    • Note: These discounts will be awarded based on the applicant’s ability, experience and interest in Irish traditional music. Since Cascadia’s Mission Statement states our goal as “encouraging and supporting Irish traditional music in the Pacific Northwest”, preference will be given to applicants living in the Northwest.

How to Apply

1 - Please make a video of yourself playing a REEL and a JIG 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.

2 - Complete our online application, below, where you will tell us about your interest in Irish traditional music and upload your audio or video.

3 - Don’t stress out too much about all this. :-) We’re just 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