Scholarship opportunity announced

Published 4:48 pm Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Ed Bland Music Scholarship, set up to honor composer/filmmaker/record producer Ed Bland, announces that its award of $1,000 will be given to a graduating high school senior at the end of the 2022 school year.

High school seniors who play an instrument (acoustic or electronic) and who plan to pursue a professional career in music are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Eligible students must be enrolled in one of the Hampton Roads high schools. Home-schooled students who meet the requirements are also eligible to apply.

Applications require an audition CD of the applicant playing their instrument in one three-minute performance of an excerpt of a well-known musical composition and one three-minute performance of an improvised or original composition; two letters of recommendation; high school transcript; proof of residency; a brief biography; applicant’s artistic statement of career goals and plans; and an acceptance letter from a higher education program, conservatory or university.

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Applications must be postmarked on or before April 11. Applicants should mail materials to Osmund Music, PO Box 634, Smithfield, VA 23431. Inquiries can be sent to Learn more about Ed Bland at