The Jumpstart program provides scholarship-based opportunities for low-income students who exhibit a passion and commitment to learning music. Our mission is to encourage a love of music and the arts in students who discover they have an innate interest for these creative subjects, regardless of their socioeconomic status.


The Jumpstart program provides scholarships beginning in early childhood extending through high school graduation. The program provides a prescribed scope and sequence based on the needs, interest, and capacity of each student.


Admission to the Jumpstart program is by recommendation from a partner school, internal faculty member, or community partner. If a student is recommended, they will be invited for an interview with their family for further consideration. Though space in the program is limited, we do our best to accommodate as many students as possible.

Jumpstart is generously supported by the Max H. Gluck Foundation and the Colburn Foundation. It receives additional support from the California Arts Council, Lucy Farber and Jim Bright, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, The Music Man Foundation, the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Wells Fargo. The Colburn School’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact is supported by Capital Group, Candice and Paul Lee, and the John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation.