Updated: Jan 14
Applying for a creative opportunity can be a competitive process, but with the right approach, you can increase your chances of success. Here are some best practices to keep in mind as you prepare to apply for a scholarship, grant, internship, etc.
1. Start early
if you want to apply for next year's summer festivals, start looking in the fall; if you need scholarships for a program that starts next fall, start your scholarship search in the winter. Nothing is more stressful than finding about a great opportunity right before it's due (or worse - after the deadline!). You can search for scholarships and keep track of deadlines on our database of opportunities For the Lost Creative.
2. Research thoroughly & Make a list
As you're browsing opportunities, start a list of the ones you're interested. Your list should include deadlines and main requirements so your future self can easily keep track of what needs to be done. You can save any interesting opportunities you find on our database by clicking the heart icon on the listing! Check to make sure you fit all the application requirements before finalizing your list.
3. Follow the application instructions carefully
Make sure you follow the word limits for essays and time limits for any recordings you may have to send. If your music scholarship application requires references or recommendation letters, ask your teacher and mentor in advance. You don't want your application to be disqualified due to unmet requirements or late / missing pieces!
4. Tailor your application to the program
Get a sense of what each organization stands for through their website and marketing materials, and tweak your CV & essays to highlight the qualities and experiences that make you a good candidate.
5. Proofread and edit carefully
Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation in your application. If you are applying to multiple programs using the same materials, make sure you double check that you are submitting the right versions of your application to each organization.
6. Seek feedback
It's always a good idea to ask a teacher, mentor, or trusted peer to look over your application before submitting it. There's always a chance they catch something you missed or give a perspective you hadn't considered before.
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