Jude Biggs Scholarship

Jude Biggs Musician Scholarship

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 by March 31.  Also register to hold your place(s) at camp. If you are selected as the Jude Biggs scholar(s), we waive or discount your registration fees.

The BACDS mission is promoting, preserving, performing and teaching traditional English and American music and dance. The Jude Biggs Scholarshipprovides 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.

At left, 2018 Jude Biggs recipients Pepperjack play for Roundup.