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

Completed applications should be submitted by email to, faxed to 213-621-2110, or delivered in person to the Community School office. Please make sure all of your documents are sealed in an envelope and that all social security numbers are removed. Financial assistance is limited. Completion of an application does not guarantee granting or receipt of award funds.

Mailed applications are accepted at the following address:

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

Check back in the spring for information regarding 2024-25 scholarship applications

Need-Based Scholarships

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Through the generous support of donors, the Colburn School offers financial assistance through the Access Fund. Awards are distributed for the fall and spring semesters; there are no awards for the summer session. Need-Based Scholarships are issued on a sliding scale based on financial need.

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

Herbert Zipper Scholarship

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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.

Please complete all pages of the Herbert Zipper Scholarship application and submit your 2022 federal income taxes to the Community School office at

Herbert Zipper Scholarship recipients do not need to reapply each year. Awardees maintain their scholarship until graduation from high school as long as all requirements are being maintained.

  • 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

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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 jazz and classical music.

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 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.

While there is no income threshold for qualification, all financial documents including 2022 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.

Please complete all pages of the Amplify Scholarship application and submit your 2022 federal income taxes to the Community School office at Completion of this application does not guarantee granting or receipt of award funds.

Merit-Based Scholarship Awards

The Community School offers select merit scholarship awards to pre-college-aged students for large ensembles and the Honors Chamber program. The selection process is determined annually by student performances, auditions, and a review of each student’s progress throughout the course of the year.