April 26, 2021 - 11:59PM CDT
General Information
Application Deadline 

  • Application deadline is April 26, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

  • Grant notifications will begin on or before May 7, 2021​

Apply Promptly

We only accept 40 applications per year.  

  • 30 Applications from Individual Students

  • 10 Applications from Organizations (Music Programs/Schools & Educators)


Grants are awarded in amounts determined by the committee, based on the amount requested and the availability of funds.   Applicants are encouraged to think creatively and globally:  Rotary Crescendo Music Awards Grants are intended to fund amazing, transformational, life-changing musical projects and organizational development opportunities.

  • For instance, perhaps an exceptionally accomplished high school musician has been accepted into a summer intensive study program at Interlochen, Tanglewood, or the Curtis Summerfest, or somewhere in Europe, such as the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy.  A Crescendo Music Awards Grant could assist in funding this life-changing summer experience.

  • As an example for an organizational applicant, perhaps a high school school band director has the opportunity to attend a special intensive summer conducting workshop to improve her skills and revitalize her teaching and therefore benefit her entire music program, but does not have the means to fund such an opportunity.  Or, perhaps a high school choir director with a large Hispanic student population would like to plan a professional development study trip to Cuba and Mexico, studying indigenous folk song traditions with local ethnomusicologists; he creates a detailed itinerary, makes contact with local experts, and creates lesson plans to incorporate new discoveries from field research to enliven and enrich his school music program in Oklahoma -- the only thing lacking is funding to realize the dream.  The only limit is your imagination.  Explain to the committee how a grant would benefit the entire music program and present a detailed, well-thought-out grant proposal, and a Crescendo Music Awards Grant could help fund these types of exceptional, transformational experiences for an educator and his or her music program. 

  • Past organizational grants have funded, for example, the creation of a composers' institute to help teach composition particularly for film and video, and the need for COVID-related instrument-specific PPE to enable the Tulsa Youth Symphony to continue to operate during the global pandemic of 2020-21.

These examples are not intended to be exhaustive.  Be creative. Dream big.


In keeping with the distinguished history of the Crescendo Music Awards Competition, the bar for excellence is set high.  We invite you to inspire, delight, and excite the committee of judges with your grant proposals. Applicants must explain in reasonable detail how they would spend their grant and why they are asking for a particular amount of funding.  

Grants will be made directly to the Applicant.  Recipients may be invited to perform for the Rotary Club of Tulsa.

Crescendo Music Awards Grants Committee

The selection committee is comprised of both music professionals and members of the Rotary Club of Tulsa who are not music professionals.  All decisions are final.   


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