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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
The popular NPR-distributed program, From the Top, 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 a personalized scholarship opportunity of up to $10,000 each year to approximately 20 extraordinary young musicians with financial need. The Young Artist Award application is available now with the following deadlines for the 2018-2019 season:
-October 1, 2018 EXTENDED: October 8, 2018*
-January 7, 2019
-March 4, 2019 

*High school seniors must apply by the October 1st deadline to be considered for the scholarship.

Please sign in or sign up to begin your application.

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.