Press Release Issued on April 18, 2017

Music Camps North, Inc. today announced it will award two full scholarships and one half scholarship to Banjo Camp North during the weekend of May 19-21, 2017. The full scholarships will entitle the recipients to attend the weekend camp, including tuition and, if applicable, room and board, free of charge. The half scholarship will entitle the recipient to half that cost.

“We are delighted that the Mike Kropp Scholarship will provide half the registration costs to a camper at Banjo Camp North, and that a camper at Banjo Camp North, who wishes to remain anonymous, has generously contributed the funds for a full scholarship,” Phil Zimmerman, President of Music Camps North, said. “The camp provides a great opportunity for people to learn or improve their skills in banjo, fiddle, or ukulele, three instruments that are central to the development of American acoustic string music.” The second full scholarship is being funded by Music Camps North, Inc.

Banjo Camp North is a music camp primarily for adults that features bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and ukulele. Classes are offered at all skill levels. The banjo faculty is a “who’s who” of performers who are also excellent teachers, including Tony Trischka, Alan Munde, Cathy Fink, Tom Adams, Adam Hurt, Michael Miles, Allison de Groot, Catherine “BB” Bowness, John Herrmann, and many more. Fiddle instructors are Laura Orshaw, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, and Jane Rothfield. Marcy Marxer will teach ukulele classes. The band Mile 12 will be in residence at the Camp.

Banjo Camp North is a part of Music Camps North, Inc., a nonprofit organization with the mission to educate, celebrate, and encourage participation in traditional acoustic string music through workshops, classes, demonstrations and other educational opportunities, including but not limited to the operation of Camps for the study and practice of playing acoustic string musical instruments. Music Camps North, Inc. has an application pending before the IRS to be a tax-exempt charitable organization. In future years, Music Camps North, Inc. plans to have scholarships available for Guitar & Mandolin Camp North as well.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must need the scholarship funds to afford attendance at the Camp. The recipients will be chosen by the Board of Directors based on an essay and sound recording that eligible applicants are required to submit. People who are already registered for Banjo Camp North are eligible to apply. Relatives of Music Camps North’s Board of Directors are ineligible. The deadline for submitting an application is May 5, 2017.

Music Camps North, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability or genetic information.

If a scholarship is awarded to a person under the age of 18 years, his or her parent or guardian must be present on the camp premises whenever said camper is on the premisesĀ and will be charged the amount the camp is charged by the conference facility for the parent or guardian’s meals and lodging if applicable.

To receive the criteria and an application form, interested persons should send an email to

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For a copy of the Scholarship Application, click here.