As an independent non-profit organization, Headwaters Music & Arts strives to create an environment in which the arts and arts education is accessible to all. As we affirm in our values statement, we envision a community in which no one misses out. Headwaters Scholarship Program aims to remove barriers for youth programming and make our offerings accessible to all.
If you are interested in receiving assistance for lessons or a class or camp, your first step is read through our info below. If you have questions you can take a look at our FAQ page to get you started.
Headwaters offers several scholarship and grant options for all of its youth programming. We consider all applications carefully and offer reduced tuition or fees based on available funds. Our annual financial assistance budget is supported by generous donors, including Minnesota State Arts Board, Region 2 Arts Council, and Bemidji Area Arts Endowment. Headwaters Scholarship Program is also made possible by individual contributors as well as fundraising events and initiatives led by our Headwaters Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.
Headwaters Music Program (year-round, one-on-one music lessons)
First, register and pay the $45 annual admin fee. Then immediately consider the following options:
- Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA): MAA helps Minnesota families who meet income requirements use the Minnesota K-12 Education Tax Credit to help them pay for educational afterschool programs, including music lessons and youth arts programming offered here at Headwaters Music & Arts. Unfortunately, this program is suspended until 2024. Please note that you may be eligible for the K-12 Education Tax Credit, allowing you to be reimbursed for a portion of your expenses. Instructions, eligibility, and other information can be found here. Questions about specific activities or family eligibility should be directed to the MN Department of Revenue.
Before your child can be considered for financial assistance through MusicLink Foundation, families are expected to apply for a loan through MAA.
- MusicLink Foundation: As an Alliance Partner with MusicLink Foundation, Headwaters provides scholarships to reduce music program fees. MusicLink supports us by processing applications and providing additional support to Headwaters instructors and students. Those who have applied for, but have not received the MAA Tax Credit Loan are encouraged to complete the Parent/Student Information and Policy Form at MusicLink.
- Headwaters Music Dedication Scholarship: To encourage and reward hard work and commitment to studying music, Headwaters has established three - $300 scholarships to be awarded for one-on-one music lessons. Selection is based on student commitment and demonstrated interest and personal investment in music instruction. This scholarship is available for for youth grades 2-12 who have you attended music lessons at Headwaters one year or more. Those selected are expected to:
• Attend lessons regularly through August 2024
• Come prepared to lessons with music, notebook and instrument
• Demonstrate diligent practice habits
• Actively participate in lessons and recitals
• Participate in volunteer activities during the program year, a minimum of 4 hours. Activities may include an outreach performance, mentoring other students during a summer camp, or helping out at an event. Hours may be fulfilled by an adult on behalf of elementary age students. The application deadline is Friday, July 21 at 5 pm for those registered for music lessons for the 2023-24 year. You will be notified on or before Friday, August 4, 2023. Apply here.
Headwaters Arts Program (group classes, camps, and workshops)
First, register for your selected group program or workshop Then, immediately consider the following options:
- Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA): MAA helps Minnesota families who meet income requirements use the Minnesota K-12 Education Tax Credit to help them pay for educational afterschool programs, including music lessons and youth arts programming offered here at Headwaters Music & Arts. Your students program fees may be covered through a Minnesota Tax Credit through Minnesota Afterschool Advance. Thanks to our funders, if you are approved for MAA, we are able to offer a scholarship to cover the final 25% of your program fee not covered by the MAA.
- Headwaters Scholarship: Program fees may be reduced up to 50% for those who qualify based on financial need. Just complete the application and submit it with the requested documentation when you register for your selected group program or workshop. Typically, this grant is based on qualifying for free or reduced school lunches through your school district.