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The mission of the Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund is to provide the highest quality private music lessons for underserved youth in the Cincinnati community who show an interest in classical music and commitment to lessons.


Artistic Partner

We are honored to have concert:nova as our Artistic Partner, furthering our mutual mission of artistic collaboration in performance and  education to build new creative and expressive channels to engage the youth of our community.

Cincinnati Public School Partners

The School for Creative and Performing Arts is a K-12 Cincinnati Public School offering world class pre-professional arts training and advanced college preparatory academics. SCPA has partnered with the Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund to offer high quality private lessons to students pursuing their interest in classical music with one-on-one tutoring. 

Withrow University High School  and Shroder High School have partnered with the Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund to create hands-on, innovative programs that work best for their particular student populations. At Withrow and Shroder, BCB fully funds private music lessons for select students during their school day, allowing them to stay focused on their studies while pursuing classical music passions. These lessons enhance the learning that is already taking place in the orchestra classrooms. If you have questions about eligibility or are interested in more information about these programs, we encourage you to contact us.

Administrative/Fiscal Partner

Activities Beyond the Classroom is our administrative/fiscal non-profit agent. ABC assists programs and community partners by administering their funds, thus ensuring that public school students can participate in activities that will help them develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

Funding Partners

Through gifts from tens of thousands of individuals and companies each year, ArtsWave funds and supports organizations and artists each year that create thousands of concerts, shows, exhibitions, school-based arts, public art, festivals and events like BLINK®. With funding, services, and advocacy, ArtsWave fuels a more vibrant regional economy and connected community through the arts.  The Ben Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund is honored to be a recipient of the ArtsWave Catalyzing Impact Grant which will benefit the newly implemented Shroder High School lesson program this year. 

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