BACDS American Dance and Music Week, July 1-6, 2018

AmWeek Scholarships

REGISTER EARLY if you are applying for a reduced-rate scholarship. Campers receiving scholarships will be assigned additional daily chores (all campers are expected to perform small chores through the week).

NOTE that the actual cost per camper is approximately $700. This cost includes facility rent, food, program staff, and other expenses of running camp. Our ability to provide reduced-rate camperships depends on outside fundraising activities and donations from campers who can pay more than this amount. Please pay as much as you can! Any amount above the $700 full camp fee is a tax-deductible contribution to camp.

Register early to take advantange of available scholarships!

Work-Trade Scholarships

For campers age 30 and under, we have a limited number of work-trade scholarships available. Camp fees are tiered by age:

  • age 13-16: $245
  • age 17-22: $295
  • age 23-25: $345
  • age 26-30: $395

For unemployed or under-employed adults of any age, we are working to secure funding for additional financial support. Please indicate on your registration form if you are interested in this option.

CDSS logoThis event is supported in part by the Outreach Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Jude Biggs Musician Scholarship

The BACDS mission is promoting, preserving, performing and teaching traditional English and American music and dance. The Jude Biggs Scholarship provides monetary support to help dance musicians make the transition from “promising” to “experienced” by attending a BACDS dance camp. The scholarship honors the memory of Jude Biggs, an early BACDS member who died young, her promise unfulfilled. The BACDS Jude Biggs scholarship has launched the successful career of numerous contra dance musicians now recognized on the national scene. You could be the next new national discovery!

AmWeek’s unique program structure provides an ideal environment for development. Besides the scheduled intimate workshops with our world-class dance musicians, there are many opportunities for informal jamming with other musicians, both program staff and campers, as well as our very skilled and very popular Camper Band.

Applicants should have demonstrated ability and experience as a dance musician in their home community, but is not yet a plausible candidate for paid camp staff. Most important is that Jude Biggs Scholars take the experience and inspiration gained at camp back to their home community to contribute to their local dances. We welcome applicants from outside the Bay Area. Past recipients of the Jude Biggs Scholarship are not eligible to apply. The selection of the Jude Biggs scholar must be approved by the BACDS Board.

The scholarship is for the full amount of one admission to camp, or the equivalent amount may be divided among multiple recipients at the camp with the approval of the BACDS Board.

Apply online using the special application form. Applications must be received by April 30. You may also register using the regular paper or online registration methods, and send the minimum $150 camp deposit to hold your place at camp. If you are selected as the Jude Biggs scholar, we will refund your camper fee if you have already paid. Jude Biggs Musician Scholarship applications must be received by the AmWeek Registrar by April 30 to be considered.

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