Berklee Writing and Composition Scholarship for Entering Students
The Writing and Composition Scholarship is available for undergraduate applicants to the college who wish to have their composing and songwriting abilities taken into consideration for scholarship in addition to their participation in the live audition and interview process. This scholarship is an opportunity for applicants to also highlight their musical writing and notation skills, if applicable, during the admissions process.
Entering Berklee College of Music applicants will be emailed a personal scholarship application link one week after submitting their undergraduate application.
You must meet the following criteria to apply:
- You must be an entering undergraduate applicant.
- You must have submitted an undergraduate application.
- You must write original material (arrangements are not accepted).
- You must be able to notate your compositions or songs in Western music notation.
- You cannot have previously submitted a writing and composition application within the last 12 months.
Currently enrolled continuing or returning students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship opportunity, and this is not applicable to any Berklee summer programs, Berklee Online courses, Berklee graduate programs, or Boston Conservatory at Berklee programs.
Applicants actively applying for undergraduate admission should have their Writing and Composition Scholarship application submitted by the corresponding deadlines:
- Fall (September) semester: November 1 (early action deadline)
- Fall (September) semester: January 15 (regular action deadline)
- Spring (January) semester: July 1
- Summer (May) semester: December 1
1. Streaming Music
- Submit three separate streaming links, one for each original song/composition.
- Recording quality is not a factor in our evaluation.
- Home, live, MIDI, or studio recordings are acceptable.
- Original pieces can be in any style of music.
- Only streaming links are accepted (i.e., Soundcloud, YouTube, personal sites, and so on).
- Recordings must be from within the last year.
2. Sheet Music
- Submit three accompanying scores/lead sheets reflecting the instrumentation needs for each piece.
- There must be a notated score/lead sheet (piano roll exports, screenshots of sequenced tracks, guitar tabs, or conceptual descriptions are not accepted).
- Parts and lyric-only sheets are not accepted.
- Compositions must be in PDF format (notation software files such as Sibelius and Finale are not accepted).
- Compositions must be notated by the applicant in Western music notation.
- At minimum, each score should contain a written melody and chord changes.
3. Lyrics (if applicable)
- Provide lyrics if the composition requires it.
- All lyrics must have an English translation provided, if needed.
- All lyrics must be included in the score/lead sheet with the melody.
4. Additional Criteria
- The title of each piece must be clear, with an English translation, if needed.
- Provide a description of the applicant’s role(s) in each piece (i.e., vocalist, guitarist, and composer).
- Provide a description of each piece (i.e., "MIDI-generated track with live vocalist").
- Select the original material copyright agreement.
Not meeting the minimum requirements will result in your submission being incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or issued a scholarship decision for this scholarship opportunity.
Decisions are issued as a combined scholarship award in the admissions portal on the decision date according to the term the applicant is applying for.
- Fall (early action): January 31
- Fall (regular action): March 31
- Spring: September 15
- Summer: March 1
Applicants are not provided a separate Writing and Composition Scholarship decision or award amount.
If you have any questions, please contact our office by phone at 617-747-8681 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.