The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of varying levels of experience and instruction. We recognize some students may require financial support to cover the cost of their studies. In this case, we offer merit-based and need-based scholarships for fall and spring semesters. Students must reapply each year.

Due to the school closure, students who are not able to submit their application via email, may pick up blank applications from the Olive Parking Garage located on Kosciusko Way. Students may pull up to the gate, press the security intercom, and ask the security guard for an application.

Completed applications should be submitted by email to, or can also be delivered in-person to the security guard at the Olive Parking Garage. Please make sure all your documents are sealed in an envelope and that all social security numbers are striked from your documents. Mailed application are accepted at the following address:

Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attention: CSPA

Scholarship Overview

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Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

There will be merit scholarships available for select ensembles and orchestras, pending auditions and recommendations from the directors. Students may seek further information upon placement.

Due to the unforeseen economic crisis due to COVID-19, the Community School of Performing Arts will be allocating additional resources available towards need-based scholarships. Merit Scholarship applications will be postponed until further notice. This will allow the Financial Aid Committee to review scholarship applications and assist families who are seeking additional assistance this year.

We thank you for your understanding of the significant change during this unforeseen time.

Need-Based Scholarships

The deadline for the 2021-22 year has passed. The application for 2022-23 will be available in spring 2022.

Through the generous support of donors, the Colburn School offers three forms of financial assistance through the Access Fund: Herbert Zipper, Need-Based, and Amplify Scholarships. To be considered for a need-based and Herbert Zipper scholarship, families must earn less than $90,000 in annual income. We use a sliding discount scale that takes into account several factors, such as family size and extenuating circumstances in addition to income.

We require a family’s most recent tax filing documents to show proof of income. Need-based scholarships are granted as a percentage of tuition. We expect families to also financially contribute to students’ studies. To be considered for need-based scholarships, students must show:

  • A financial need
  • A seriousness of purpose and motivation
  • Consistent attendance and progress
Support for Families Affected Economically by COVID-19

The Community School is committed to you, using its available resources, and would like to be able to help you during this period of time. For families currently experiencing financial hardship and are above the Financial Aid income threshold, we encourage you to write a letter stating your changed financial need due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Please complete all three pages of the Need-Based Scholarship application and submit your 2020 federal income taxes to to the Community School office at

Scholarships for Community School students are generously supported by the Access Fund, The Rose Hills Foundation, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, The Rea Charitable Trust, Edison International, and David Kobrin.

Herbert Zipper Scholarship

Application Due: May 1, 2021

The Herbert Zipper Scholars program offers highly motivated, deserving students the opportunity to engage in comprehensive music education at Colburn, one of the nation’s premier arts organizations. Herbert Zipper Scholars receive instruction in music theory, private lessons, and ensemble participation, among many other academic and performance opportunities. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, complete the requirements in Part 5 of the need-based scholarship application above, in addition to filling out Parts 1–4.


  • Student must be 8–17 years old.
  • Student must be currently enrolled at an academic institution or home-schooled.
  • Student must have at least two years of experience on student’s choice of instrument in the form of private applied study or experience in an ensemble.
  • Student must possess a high level of interest and commitment to musical study.

Amplify Scholarship

Application Due: May 1, 2021

As part of the Colburn School’s commitment to diversity, a new scholarship was created to support Black and Latinx students who are traditionally underrepresented in classical music and dance.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must identify as Black or Latinx, AND have one of the following:

1) high artistic merit as determined by the School
2) financial need as determined by Community School/Trudl Zipper Dance Institute financial aid requirements.

This scholarship is not available to students enrolled in the Early Childhood program.

Amplify scholarships are highly competitive awards and are not guaranteed from year to year. Students wishing to receive funding in subsequent years will need to reapply for funding.

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship must submit an audition video and financial documentation in order to be considered. While there is no income threshold for qualification, all financial documents including 2021 federal tax returns are required upon application submission. The Amplify scholarship committee will then evaluate each application and award available funding. Families will be notified of their scholarship award in advance of the Fall semester.

If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, complete the online form application, and submit a need-based scholarship application (parts 1–6).