«Little Musicians» Musical Scholarship Programme
The “Little Musicians” programme was designed in 2013 by the Athens Conservatoire in collaboration with the Foundation, exclusive donor of the programme’s first three years of operation. The aim is to strengthen music education in Greece by creating a special scholarship programme for children whose families are unable to afford the cost of tuition.
The programme is aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 from all over Attica, who have either already attended music lessons or are beginners but at the same time are not able to continue due to economic hardship. The objective is to gradually create a scholarship fund that will be supported financially by organisations and individuals wishing to contribute to this initiative.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of criteria that combine excellence with social responsibility, for each student covering between 50% and 100% of the fees. The selection is made after auditions and for the scholarship to be renewed the students’ performance must continue to be excellent. The training includes lessons in theory, an instrument, participation in musical ensembles (for the more advanced students) and mandatory participation in the “Little Musicians” choir, which has at various times participated in concerts at places such as the Odeon of Herod Atticus, the Athens Concert Hall, etc.
- 50 children received a scholarship from the programme during the first three years of its operation, from 2013 to 2016.
- In the academic year 2015-16 the distribution between lessons for the various instruments was as follows: 9 children learning piano, 5 violin, 3 harp, 2 guitar, 2 clarinet, 1 cello.
- On average the scholarship recipients attend 5 hours of lessons per week.