An objective of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts is to provide quality music and dramatic arts education to students of all circumstances through a bursary program. Academy students of any ability and instrument can apply for bursaries. Applications are reviewed according to financial need and dedication to studies. Bursaries are applied for in August and awarded by mid-September and are applicable to that academic year. A separate application is required each academic year and will be considered on the basis of financial need and the availability of funds. It is in the student's best interest to apply early to ensure funds will be available.


⭐ Bursary applications must be completed in full and received on or before Friday, September 11, 2020 for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 academy year.⭐

Please print this helpful BURSARY APPLICATION CHECKLIST to help you ensure that your application is complete.

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More Information About our Student Bursaries:

✔️ Bursaries are available to students who can demonstrate a financial need - including COVID19-related financial impact - and provide a support letter from a teacher or community member with their application.

✔️ Applicants may be new OR returning students of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

✔️ Student must pay a $15 membership fee and have a lesson time established with a teacher. The $15 membership is refundable should the student be unable to attend lessons.

✔️ Students may apply for financial assistance to help offset the cost of tuition for private lessons OR group classes.

✔️ The Academy will reduce or discontinue the bursary if a student withdraws from lessons or enrolls for less tuition than originally indicated on the application for assistance. These adjustments will be made as necessary.

Applicants are evaluated based on:

  • Submitting a complete application.
  • Commitment to their chosen area of study.
  • Financial need.
  • Personal objectives.
  • Nature and length of proposed program of study.
  • Application letter.
  • Letters of support.

In cases where a student has a change of financial situation after the deadline to apply for a bursary, an application may be submitted on the recommendation of the teacher. It is not guaranteed that funds will be available.

Support our Bursary Fund - Donate Now! 

The bursary fund is supported by community donations from individuals and organizations as well as by proceeds from Academy recitals and events.

Help support students in need financial assistance through donating to our bursary fund.

Donations can be made by ETRANSFER to info@pentictonacademyofmusic.ca.

CASH or CHEQUES made payable to "Penticton Academy of Music" can be dropped off at our office during our office hours.


The Penticton Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts is proud to host the annual Norm Looney Scholarship Competition. This event aims to recognize the accomplishments of our talented students and offers them recognition for their hard work.

To participate in this competition: 

  • Students must be under the age of 18 and studying at a Grade 5 level or above.
  • Student's lesson payments must be up to date at the time of application.
  • Students must complete and submit the online application form by the deadline of 4:30pm, Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • Students must have their teacher complete the accompanying Teacher Evaluation Form by the deadline of 4:30pm, Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • Students must submit to the PAMDA office a video recording of their performance by 4:30pm, Thursday, June 12, 2020.
  • 1 (one) scholarship at $500 and 4 (four) scholarships at $250 will be awarded.


"Norm Looney joined the board of directors of the Penticton Academy of Music Society in 2014, and one of his last wishes was to show gratitude for the role that music had in shaping his life." - Penticton Herald