The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) is now accepting applications for the inaugural class of its new Minority Artist Fellowship (MAF) program for African-American and Latino Students.

The fellowship is designed to provide individual instruction and support to develop the musical talents of participants; in its first year, MAF will accept up to four students in grades 7-9. Lead funding is generously provided by the George Gund Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation.

« CIM’s Minority Artist Fellowship will help address the significant lack of diversity in American conservatories, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras and other classical music professions, » said CIM President & CEO Paul W. Hogle. « CIM’s legendary Preparatory and Young Artists programs are uniquely positioned to empower young student musicians with high-quality instruction and training. Just as elite student athletes need coaching and mentoring from a young age, by matching young music students with the Institute’s master teachers, we can help create a robust talent pipeline that leads to more diversity on our campuses and ultimately in our field. »

The program is currently open to musicians entering grades 7, 8 and 9 in August 2017. Applications are due by August 14; more information and application materials are available at

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