ICON'S BLACK VOICES SCHOLARSHIP 2020

ICON'S BLACK VOICES SCHOLARSHIP 2020

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS:
Submission Window: July 6 - August 17
Winner Announced: September 14 - 21

Terms & Conditions

LIFT BLACK VOICES

At ICON Collective, our responsibility is to nurture and aid the next generation of music creatives and professionals with an inclusive educational environment. After years of turning out successful graduates from our programs, It became abundantly clear that Black artists have been severely underrepresented within ICON, and we understand we need to make a conscious effort to change. We wholeheartedly believe the strength of our Collective is directly connected to the diversity of its members. We fully recognize that the seeds of all modern music were conceived from the minds of American Black Culture. We need to do our part to celebrate and honor this lineage while also ensuring that the student body is better balanced and represented.

With this in mind, we are proud to announce our Annual ICON Black Voices Scholarship. ICON’s curriculum has empowered many creatives to follow their bliss as defined by their own personal vision. With this scholarship fund, we are grateful to play a small part in helping Black creatives manifest their vision through the power of music and forge their own path to give the world something it desperately needs: their voices.

ICON is awarding scholarships to our Vocal Artist, Music Production, and Music Business Programs at our Los Angeles campus. One chosen recipient per program will receive a $19,500 scholarship and embark on a year long intensive study to develop their skills and hone their craft at our campus in Burbank California. Learn more about our programs here.

It is our sincere hope that by extending avenues for Black creatives to join our Collective, we can contribute to a positive shift in the antiquated status quo.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

$19,500

A scholarship to Icon Collective’s 12-month program in Los Angeles, covering $19,500 of Icon’s $25,995 tuition. The awarded sum is one quarter short of a full scholarship. This was intentional. We believe shouldering some of the tuition cost is part of the personal responsibility needed to succeed in the program and as a thriving, entrepreneurial artist thereafter.
Learn more about the program here.

$1,000 Gear Grant

A $1000 Gear Grant & Perk Package for required materials from DistroKid, a year long Musician Plan subscription, a one on one with a DistroKid expert on the distribution process and a DistroKid merch package. To celebrate the Black Voices Scholarship Distrokid is giving %50 off the first year membership for anyone using this link.

Also included: A 6 month LINK subscription to Beatport or Beatsource DJ Record Pool and an Ableton Live 10 License.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age, Black or African American, have a high school diploma ( GED, higher degree, etc.) and be able to enroll in Icon Collective’s Los Angeles program within one year of scholarship acceptance.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Provide proof of citizenship (passport, social security card, etc).
  • Complete Icon Collective’s admissions process and requirements (Interview, written assignment).
  • Relocation and housing fees are not covered.
  • Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

HOW TO APPLY

MUSIC PRODUCTION PROGRAM
  • Submit a video (maximum 3 minutes in length) about yourself and your music. Be sure to include information on your musical experience thus far, your vision for your future, and how the Black Voices Scholarship would help you manifest that vision. Please upload the video to YouTube and submit your link. YouTube videos can be marked “unlisted,” but not private.
  • Submit two original compositions. Each track should be at least 3 minutes long. Please submit accessible Spotify or Soundcloud links. Remixes or mashups do not qualify for submission.

HOW TO APPLY

VOCAL ARTIST PROGRAM
  • Submit a video (maximum 3 minutes in length) about yourself and your music. Be sure to include information on your musical experience thus far, your vision for your future, and how the Black Voices Scholarship would help you manifest that vision. Please upload the video to YouTube and submit your link. YouTube videos can be marked “unlisted,” but not private.
  • Submit two videos of you performing vocals on original compositions (all styles welcome). Please upload the videos to YouTube and submit your link. YouTube videos can be marked “unlisted,” but not private.

HOW TO APPLY

MUSIC BUSINESS PROGRAM
  • Submit a video (maximum 3 minutes in length) about yourself and your entrepreneurial vision. Be sure to include information on your musical relationship, business or community experience and your vision for your future, and how the Black Voices Scholarship would help you manifest that vision. Please upload the video to YouTube and submit your link. YouTube videos can be marked “unlisted,” but not private.
  • Please submit 2 letters of recommendation from persons who have known you (the applicant) for one year or longer. Letters of recommendation from parents, guardians, or family members are not acceptable. The recommendation letters should include information regarding the applicant’s:
Education, Vocation/employment and Interpersonal skills.

SELECTION PROCESS

Icon Collective is seeking Black creatives who demonstrate a strong vision, a drive for excellence, a strong work ethic, a commitment to their careers, and a willingness to fully engage in our program and the Collective. In addition, submissions will be judged on:

  • A. Fulfilling all submission requirements.
  • B. Enrollment eligibility*
The panels of judges will include Icon Collective’s Academic Directors and the founders. The top 5 candidates will be interviewed by Icon Collective’s Admissions Department. Interviews can be conducted virtually if candidates live outside of Los Angeles county.

  • C. Musicality and originality of submitted tracks.
  • D. Potency and focus of submitted video.

APPLY FOR THE BLACK VOICES SCHOLARSHIP

Choose the Icon program you are applying to for a scholarship

MUSIC PRODUCTION

VOCAL ARTIST

MUSIC BUSINESS