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    Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:04:44

    Musicians Foundation Announces Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship - It will be awarded for Fall 2012

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    The Musicians Foundation has announced the Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship to be awarded in Fall 2012, made possible by the GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar legend through his Make a Noise Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in Musicians Institute's Associate of Arts in Performance Program guitar track who demonstrates both outstanding overall musicianship and the potential for developing a unique voice on the instrument in any style or genre.

    "A formal music education can completely change an aspiring musician's creative overview. Understanding the language of music can expand their musical vocabulary and offer the ability to 'dimensionalize' their vision," said Vai. "Surrounding yourself with other musicians and sharing the experience of creating music in a complete artistic environment is perhaps the most valuable education for any young musician."

    Vai is a patron of the arts, in addition to being a fine guitarist himself. He founded, with Ruta Sepetys, the Make a Noise Foundation in 1998. It was established to provide musical instruments and music education to young musicians who cannot afford them. He continues to support developing talent through the new Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship.

    Application deadline for the Fall 2012 scholarship is Aug. 24. More information on the Steve Vai Guitar Scholarship including eligibility requirements and application are available through Musicians Institute.

    Anyone out there plan to apply?

    —Katie Sheehan

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