Awards

JOYCE WALSH JUNIOR DISABILITY AWARDS

The Junior Award for the Handicapped was established in 1983 as the official project of the Junior Division under the leadership of Joyce Walsh, Junior Counselor. The annual competition is open to any Junior instrumentalist or vocalist who is mentally or physically disabled. In 2001, the awards were renamed the Joyce Walsh Disability Awards.

The first place winner of the competition will receive an award of $2,000 and the second place winner will receive $1,500 for the purpose of musical study. Former first place winners of the award are not eligible to compete. In addition, three $500 instrument/ vocal awards will be given in each of the four regions.

REQUIREMENTS

  1. Applicant must have reached 12th birthday, but not 19th, by March 1 of the audition year.
  2. Applicant must send a completed application blank (JR 16-1) to the chairman, to be received by February 1 of the application year. The JR 16-1 form may be downloaded from the web site: www.nfmc-music.org.
  3. Applicants shall send a cassette tape, not to exceed 10 minutes, to the chairman, to be received by March 1 of the application year.
  4. Applicant must be a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs either through group membership or Individual Junior Special Membership. The Junior Special Membership is $12.00. Make check payable to the National Federation of Music Clubs.
  5. Applicant must include a letter of recommendation from teacher, tutor, or clergy.
  6. Applicant must include a letter from a medical doctor stating the nature and duration of the mental or physical disability.

Applicant must be a citizen of the United States. For application form, please log onto www.nfmc-music.org