Grant Application Information
Thank you for your interest in the Opera Buffs. Our purpose is to assist promising young artists in Southern California who are building careers in opera. We purposely keep our grant guidelines flexible, but the following generally applies. Note: You will NOT be considered for a grant until we have heard you perform.
We have no maximum age limit, but favor young singers, generally under 30 and over 18, who show evidence of current talent and career promise.
We award grants only to singers whom we have heard and seen perform, either at our own annual auditions or in performances in Southern California. Click here for more information on how to audition for the Opera Buffs.
Initial grants are generally in the range of $500 to $1,500, very rarely for more.
After receiving an initial grant, a singer is welcome to request further funding. Evidence of vocal improvement and/or career advancement are the chief criteria for granting additional funds. We look favorably on singers who have corresponded with us periodically after receiving a grant, to keep us updated on career developments.
We provide funds ONLY for career-related purposes, such as voice lessons, coaching, trips to auditions, scores, dress clothes/gowns for recitals, etc. We do not pay for living or car expenses.
In addition to direct grants, we provide paid performance opportunities through our Performers Showcases. Participation is by invitation only, and is based on various factors but usually including participation in one of our auditions.
Note that we can award grants only to artists who have a valid U.S. Social Security number and who are entitled to earn money in the United States.
2. Keep a copy of the application for your records.
If you have an immediate need, such as travel expenses to an upcoming audition, be sure to indicate the date by which you need a response.
The Scholarship Committee will review your application. Frequently, a member will call to ask questions during the process. When a decision has been reached, a committee member will contact you by phone. Decisions are generally reached and results communicated within a calendar month.