Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund opens scholarship and grant opportunities

Jan 21, 2023

The Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund has opened multiple scholarship and grant applications for talented young people.

There are three primary opportunities: Music Mastermind, a three-month virtual Artist Development Program worth $8000; Musical Theatre Mastermind, a three-month virtual Artist Development Program worth $8000; a general arts grant to cover anything a young artist could need like computer software, classes, instruments, or travel; and several grants ranging from $100 to $1,000 depending upon requests and the number of applications. The Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund was created to empower and support performing artists.

“We know how much it takes to perform and make music. Nolan was constantly taking new classes, traveling, and buying new technology and instruments,” said Sheila Gibbons, founder of the Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund. “We are thrilled to offer these scholarships in his name, to help others who want to perform or produce music but may need some financial help to move forward. We designed the general arts grant specifically to cover many items or experiences that a young performer may need to help them grow.” 

The following two scholarships were donated by Melissa Mentus Mulligan, founder of Music Career Mastermind.

The Music Mastermind program includes songwriting and artist development with platinum-selling songwriter Coley O'Toole, music production mentorship with Grammy-winning and pro-level producers Mike Mangini and Skip Glogan, marketing, life coaching, and fan base with Melissa Mulligan.

Artists complete the program with improved songs, self-produced and mixed versions of songs, the skills and tools to repeat this award-winning recording process, a social media fan funnel to connect with fans, a world class digital portfolio for booking gigs, industry meetings, and a community of like-minded artists.

The Musical Theatre Mastermind program will provide artists with the best performances of professional audition material, a professional self-tape collection, audition-finding strategies, and more.

These scholarships and grants are funded by donations to The Nolan Gibbons Memorial Fund and proceeds from the annual NolanFest live music event held each summer at Silvershell Beach in Marion.

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