Since its inception, the Monterey Cowboy Festival's (formerly the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival) foundation has been charity. As a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3), MCF has had the privilege of giving over $50,000 to local charities over the past 20 years.
The majority of those years were led by the festival's founder and former Monterey police chief, Gary Brown who lost his battle with lung disease in 2016. Gary founded the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music festival in 1998 in an effort to preserve the culture of the American cowboy, while doing all he could to give back to his local community.
In an effort to continue Gary's commitment to giving, we are honored to announce the formation of the
Gary Brown Scholarship Fund.
This scholarship fund will focus on students (8th-12th grade) in Monterey County who are looking to enhance their music education in the areas of school tuition, music camp tuition, private music lessons, or musical equipment purchase/repair.
To donate, please click the link below:
Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated!
1. Applicants must be students (8th-12th grade) who are looking to enhance their music education.
2. Applicants must actively attend a school (or home school) in Monterey or Santa Cruz county. Home school applicants may be asked for additional documents.
3. An initial screening of all applicants will require an audition video containing two (2) 60 second long song selections performed instrumentally and/or vocally that adequately showcases the applicant's musical ability.
4. In addition to the audition video, a letter of recommendation from an individual familiar with the applicant’s musicianship, character, and commitment to continuing their music education must be submitted.
5. The ten (10) students selected for final judging will be sent further instructions.
1. Five (5) total scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship amounts will range from $500-$2,000.
2. Scholarship funds MUST be used for the following purposes:
School tuition: Scholarship funds may be used for private high school or college tuition (for graduating seniors). The applicant is responsible for providing the MCF the name, phone number and address of the official contact who is responsible for handling scholarship funds in the school's finance department. A check will then be mailed to the school to be applied toward tuition payment.
Music camp tuition: The applicant is responsible for providing the MCF the name, phone number and address of the official contact who is responsible for handling scholarship funds at the given music camp. A check will then be mailed to the camp's admissions office to be applied toward tuition payment.
Private music lessons: The applicant is responsible for providing the MCF the name, phone number and address of the private music instructor he/she plans to study with. The instructor will be contacted and authenticated.
Musical equipment purchase/repairs: The student must supply the MCF with the name of the store or individual with whom they are dealing. The individual or store will be contacted by the MCF. An invoice with complete description of the equipment to be purchased must be provided to the MCF. A check up to the amount of the scholarship award will be mailed to the store or individual to cover the purchase.
3. Scholarship money WILL NOT be given directly to the student. Checks will be mailed to a school, music camp, individual or store where instruments, repairs or accessories have been purchased.
**Online purchases are acceptable but must have approval from the MCF prior to purchase.
All expenditures must be evidenced by receipts.
4. It is the sole responsibility of the MCF to make certain scholarship funds are properly used and distributed for educational purposes only.