Lillian Chase and John Doyle perform at the 2016 Acadia Trad Festival

Acadia Trad Festival Scholarships

The Acadia Trad School’s Scholarship Program provides much needed funding for students who may otherwise be unable to attend the Acadia Trad Festival. In 2016, 19 students received funds from this program, totaling over $6000. Now is a great time to give the gift of a dream come true for a student who would love to attend in 2017, but needs a little help to get there. PLEASE consider making a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation to our program. 100% of your donation goes to the the students who receive these scholarships and the number of scholarships we can provide to students is directly dependent on our fund-raising. The more we raise, the more students we can assist.

A few scholarships are still available for the 2017 Acadia Trad Festival classes in the following instruments: piano, cello, mandolin, banjo, harp, Uilleann pipes and fiddle-making. See below for more information and to apply.


New in 2017 — The Acadia Trad Young Artist Award

Each year, the Acadia Trad School selects one of the brightest young scholarship students at the Acadia Trad Festival to receive the prestigious Acadia Trad Young Artist Award. This award provides that student with full tuition, room and board to attend the Acadia Trad Festival in the following year. In addition, the Acadia Trad Young Artist Award helps fund and provides mentoring for their first professional recording. Students are paired with seasoned musicians who work with them over the course of the year as they develop their technical and performance skills. Students who receive the award are also featured at Acadia Trad Festival performances.

The Acadia Trad Young Artist Award helps launch the musical careers of the best and brightest musicians of the next generation. The program costs about $3000 per student per year and is made possible through donations to the general scholarship fund. If you would like to earmark your donation for the Acadia Trad Young Artist Award, please follow up your donation with an email

Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to Lillian Chase, recipient of the 2017 Acadia Young Traditional Artist scholarship. More exciting news about Lillian’s recording project will be coming soon!

Spencer Tate, fiddle, 2016 Acadia Trad Festival Scholarship recipient

Apply for 2017 Scholarships

Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships to the 2017 Acadia Trad Festival. Scholarships pay for one half of the tuition fee only (lodging and food are not included in the scholarship program). Scholarships are available to students at any age or level, but we ask that you apply based on need — the program is designed to offer financial assistance to students who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Scholarship applications will be accepted through January 31. Late applications will be reviewed only if sufficient funding is available to accept more applications. To be considered for a scholarship, all applicants must complete the registration form and pay the $100 tuition deposit at time of application. Applicants will be notified by email of their scholarship status no later than February 15, 2017. Applicants who are awarded the scholarship will be asked to make payment of the balance by May 31st. Scholarships awarded for the 2017 Festival must be used in 2017. If you do not receive a scholarship, and you opt not to attend the Festival, your deposit will be returned.

All scholarship recipients will be asked to help out during the Acadia Trad Festival week for approximately five hours total effort (roughly one hour per day). Typical tasks might be to help with setup and cleanup for concerts and classes. Work tasks are scheduled so as not to conflict with students’ music program. Students in need of physical accommodation may have light-duty tasks assigned to them or have the volunteer work requirement waived.