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Welcome, young musicians! 

From the Top is America's largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. We're excited that you are interested in joining us on our quest to spread the power of music in your hands. 

This site is your resource for applying to all of From the Top's programs, including: 

NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley
The popular NPR-distributed program, From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, recorded before live audiences around the country. Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, given in conjunction with an appearance on the radio show, offers $10,000 scholarships each year to 20 extraordinary young musicians with financial need. Young Artist Award applications are accepted with the following deadlines for the 2015-2016 season: October 17, 2016, January 9, 2017, March 1, 2017. The application will open August 1, 2016. 

Center for the Development of Arts Leaders
The Center for the Development of Arts Leaders - Boston (CDAL Boston) is the first center of its kind focused on developing and training young musicians to be arts leaders. CDAL offers a range of opportunities for young musicians to use the transformative power of music to engage new audiences, give back to the community, and explore their individual leadership pathways as 21st century musicians. All Boston-based rising high school sophomores through rising college sophomores are welcome to apply, with age exceptions on an individual basis. Applications for the 2017-2018 are now open! Deadline to apply is June 15, 2017.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have questions about our application, please be sure to read our FAQ's on our homepage. In fact, we suggest you keep the page open in another browser window so you can use it for reference.