Education Fund

First time National Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners are eligible for further financial assistance of up to $5,000 from the National Council Education Fund over a period of three years after the competition. No more than $3,000 will be awarded at one time, and at least six months must have elapsed since a singer competed in the National Semi-Finals or was last heard by the professional committee of the Metropolitan Opera before reapplying.

These funds are obtained through a separate audition and application. The awards and any subsequent aid from the Education Fund should be used only for the following purposes:

  • Private voice lessons or coachings
  • Instruction in body movement, dance, language, acting, or stage deportment
  • Rental or purchase of sheet music, scores, CDs or DVDs
  • Piano purchase, piano rental, piano tuning and repair
  • Study equipment such as recorders, microphones, or stereo equipment
  • Professional photographs
  • Professional audition tapes or CDs
  • Rental or purchase of gowns and tuxedos
  • Travel for auditions or study

Funds are dispersed at the discretion of the Metropolitan Opera’s Artistic staff present at the audition, and only National Council Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Winners are eligible to audition for Education Fund assistance.