Sarasota Music Club's music scholarship program has supported music education for many years. In 2016, the club formed a partnership with Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and introduced a new, combined scholarship program - Suncoast Music Scholarships.
Suncoast Music Scholarships was created to help young musicians meet expenses related to music education. The competition is open to high school students residing in Sarasota or Manatee County. In 2016 and again in 2017, $22,000 in awards were given to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, with most of the funds awarded to 12th grade students who will be pursuing music education programs in a college or university. The 2018 Suncoast Music Scholarship auditions, which will be held on April 28, will determine the awarding of $20,000 in scholarship funds.
Applications for the 2018 competition will be due on or before March 21, 2018.
Auditions will be held on April 28, 2018.