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WGUC and Classics for Kids seek 'Maestros of Tomorrow'

Are you a student music lover and leader with big dreams for the future? Do you see yourself making a difference in the field someday, as a music educator, conductor, composer, band leader, choral director, or other creative change-maker?

Cincinnati Public Radio, home to 90.9 WGUC and Classics for Kids, announces "Maestro of Tomorrow," a new scholarship program to identify outstanding young artists in our listening area and help them envision a life in music beyond high school. Applications are now open, with a top prize of $1,000, two $500 runners-up, and an additional $500 prize for a music teacher or adviser whose students participate in the competition; we'll also spotlight the honorees on our WGUC/Classics for Kids platforms.

The Charles H. Dater Foundation

Program sponsor is The Charles H. Dater Foundation.

The contest is open to all music-interested students in the WGUC listening area, currently enrolled in grades 8-12. We welcome applications from young people practicing music of all kinds (not just classical), in any settings (not just formal, school-based programs). We especially welcome entries from young people in communities historically underrepresented in classical music, or who might face other barriers to achieving their potential in the field.

How to apply:
Students must complete the online entry form themselves, including a short musical bio and statement of purpose; permission from a parent/guardian to participate in the program and appear on various media platforms should the student be selected as a winner; contact info for a music teacher, director or other supportive adult; and a short audio/video clip or other documentation of themselves making music. Students may also submit a teacher's letter of recommendation, or anything else that might show the judges the student's unique, authentic self, and strengthen their application.

Entries will be reviewed by a committee of WGUC staff and volunteers. Finalists might be asked to participate in virtual interviews with some members of the judging panel—not too scary, we promise!

One top scholarship prize of $1,000, and two runner-up prizes of $500 each, to be used toward lessons, instruments or other costs related to one's musical education. In addition, all music teachers or other adult mentors with students who participate in the contest will be entered in a random drawing for a $500 prize, which can be used for any music-educational purpose (including self-education/PD). Honorees will be featured on WGUC/Classics for Kids.

Entries must be received by Friday, May 21 (midnight EDT), 2021. Awards will be announced in mid-June.

Maestro of Tomorrow Scholarship Competition Official Rules

1. How to Enter
No Purchase Necessary. Promotion begins at 12:00 AM ET on Friday, April 16, 2021, and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Friday, May 21, 2021. To enter the competition, visit the WGUC website at You will be automatically entered in the competition when you provide your name, and email address, school and teacher information, and upload your entry via the submission form provided. You must provide all information required on the form in addition to a short media clip or some other uploaded file documenting your musical interest and skill. 

Limit one entry per person or e-mail address. No responsibility is assumed by the Sponsor for lost, late, damaged, or incomplete entries, or for human error or any technical malfunctions that may occur. All entries become the property of Cincinnati Public Radio.

2. Winner Selection/Announcement Dates
Entries will be reviewed and winners selected by a judging team identified by WGUC. All music teachers' names received in entry submissions will be placed in a drawing with a winner selected at random. (Odds of winning the teacher prize depend on the number of eligible entries received from students of that teacher.) Student and teacher winners will be announced by WGUC via on-air announcement, website and email, by June 30, 2021.

3. Prize
One competition winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and two runners-up will receive $500 each, that can be used for high school or college music education expenses, including lessons, tuition, instrument or equipment, performance costs, recordings, sheet music, etc. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of the prize is permitted by the winners.
Teacher Drawing: One teacher name will be selected in a random drawing to receive $500 that can be used for any musical education purpose, including self-education or professional development. No substitution, transfer, or assignment of the prize is permitted by the winner. Only one prize will be presented.

4. Eligibility
Students entering the competition must be attending school, or home school, somewhere in the WGUC listening area—approximately a 60-mile radius of Cincinnati, Ohio—and be currently enrolled in grades 8 to 12. Students younger than 18 must have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the contest, and to appear on WGUC media platforms should they win. Employees of WGUC, Cincinnati Public Radio, its affiliated radio stations and their respective affiliated and subsidiary companies, partners and members of the immediate families or households of such employees are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

5. General Conditions
The competition entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Sweepstakes. This competition is governed by the laws of the United States. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. All federal and state taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. The prizes will be awarded and the first winner will be notified via email, mail or phone.

6. Notification
Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. In the event that the winner declines the prize, it is at Cincinnati Public Radio's discretion to choose an alternate winner or retain the prize for another drawing or purpose. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Cincinnati Public Radio to use winner's name, image, and school name for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law. By entering, participants release and hold harmless Cincinnati Public Radio from any and all liability or any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this competition or any prize won.

7. Contest void where prohibited by law.

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