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How to Get Yourself in the Best Position for a Scholarship/Bursary

 

The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy gratefully acknowledges the generous founding support of The Bel Canto Foundation for Italian Heritage and Opera.

COSI 2018 Program:
June 13 - July 15, 2018

51st International Vocal Competition 's-Hertogenbosch Preliminary Round, in Sulmona's "Maria Caniglia" Opera House:
June 23, 2018

COSI Academy:
July 5 - July 15, 2018

Opera Chorus Program:
July 1 - July 15, 2018

Opera Creation Lab for composers and singers:
July 5 - July 15th, 2018.

COSI 2018 presents:
W.A. Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro J. Haydn - Il Mondo della Luna G. Puccini - Gianni Schicchi Dean Burry - Il Giudizio di Pigmalione (World Premiere)

COSI 2018 Applications remain open for video applicants

Apply today!

Every year, the COSI Summer Opera Program attracts more and more applications from extremely talented individuals. Understandably, more applications also mean more requests for financial aid, be it a scholarship or bursary. Non-profits are under more and more pressure from fewer donors; we have to use our funds in the best way possible. As much as we would love to be able to give scholarships to every applicant, we also have to fund other parts of the program, such as the faculty or props. Therefore, we have outlined some tips below to help you get yourself in the best position to receive aid. You need to show us that you’re not just looking for a free holiday. Here’s what you can do to help yourself:

1. Apply Early – Although this is not a prerequisite for acceptance into the program, it shows us that you’re interested in our program and not holding out for another. There’s also the added bonus of the early bird application fee. This year, our early bird fee was half of the later fee. It’s always great when you can save some cash.

2. Get Social – Interact with us on our social media pages – like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share our posts and photos with your friends. Retweet our Twitter posts. Check-in at your audition. We see COSI as more than just a summer program; it’s a family with a professional trajectory. Moving forward within a team that knows and supports your fine artistry makes all the difference!

3. Crowdfund – Crowdfunding has really taken off in the past few years and is one of the easiest ways to raise money for a project. Set up a page and ask friends and family to donate; get donations instead of birthday presents. If you follow tip number 3, we’re more than happy to share your pages with our followers.

4. Join Your Colleagues – Plan a fundraiser together. Give a concert and sell tickets or ask for donations. Proposition local business and ask if you can use their space. Remember – your colleagues are not competition. Build a firm friendship now and you could work together for years to come.

5. Get Creative – There are hundreds of ways to raise funds if you put your mind to it, from the classic car wash or bake sale to the more outrageous bungee jumping or skydiving. We’ll always be happy to advertise your fundraising ideas in any way we can so get thinking!

6. Contact Arts Councils – Find out about Local and National Arts Councils. Do it as soon as possible as they may have deadlines for applications. There is funding out there but you may have to search for it.

Now, none of this means that you will definitely receive a bursary but your fundraising may also lead you to make contacts that could help you in the future. Our scholarships and bursaries are not solely based on participation but the more you help yourself, the more likely we are to help you. This is your future so show us that this is what you really want.

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