CMS-Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship Award Guidelines

The Yamaha Corporation has made it possible for The College Music Society to award an annual competitive fellowship grant to a graduate professional music student pursuing engagement and outreach activities. The CMS-Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship allows a graduate student to create and complete a residency in a community institution, including educational, artistic, and civic enterprises during the subsequent academic year. The student's major studio teacher and the student's music unit executive must:

  • work with the student in developing the program,
  • approve the grant application, and
  • assist the student in operating the engagement and outreach activities.

This Fellowship provides a $2,000 stipend.


Fellowship Time Frame

The 2016 CMS-Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship recipient will be announced on July 1, 2017.  Activities for the Fellowship will take place during the 2017-2018 academic year with a report of activities following the residencies due September 1, 2018. In addition, periodic update and progress reports will be required. Activities will be reported on the website of The CMS Fund, sharing ideas and experiences with members of the music and higher education community.


Promotion and Publicity for CMS-Yamaha In-Residence Fellowships

Promotion will include (1) national announcements of fellowship winners and (2) published report of the program's activities.  Awardees are encouraged to contact their local Yamaha dealer, especially for possible cooperative efforts.



Graduate students majoring in performance under the guidance of a studio teacher and enrolled in an institution in the United States may apply for a CMS-Yamaha In-Residence Fellowship.

  • Applicants must be members of The College Music Society. To join CMS, please click here. If you are unsure of your membership status, inquires may be addressed to .



A complete proposal consists of the following:

(1) The completed grant application Cover Sheet.

(2) A Project Narrative of four or five pages describing in detail the engagement program you have developed and for which you are applying, including the suitability of the proposal for the intended participants, the major participants, ensembles, institutions, and organizations.

(3) A description of what makes the program innovative, exemplary, or unique.

(4) A description of what you hope to achieve with the program, and its intended outcomes.

(5) Letters of support from (a) your major studio teacher and (b) the Chair, Director, or Dean of your music program.

(6) You may also attach letters of support from stakeholders in the project (e.g., venue sponsors, fellow student participants, faculty, parents, teachers, community members).


Submitting your Application

Please submit the application in either PDF (.pdf) or MS Word or Word-compatible (.doc or .docx) format.  Please name your file(s) clearly.  Applications should be sent to , using“CMS-Yamaha Award Application”as the subject, by the application deadline of Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The 2017-2018 awards will be announced on July 1, 2017.

Thank you for your support of the programs of The CMS Fund.