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Music To Our Ears! Announcing the NEW Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholars Fund

Do you know that, in 2020, only 20.2% of artists featured in songs that made the Top 100 charts were women?! And, that only 2.6% of all music-producing positions across the Billboard Hot 100 songs are held by women!?

For these reasons — and so many more ­— we believe that supporting and empowering young women across the music industry is critical!

That’s why we are SO excited to formally launch our NEW Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholars Fund, in partnership with the Ila and Dinesh Paliwal Foundation. 

We’re also talking about this announcement more TONIGHT — Wednesday, May 12 — during our Fireside Chat with award-winning singer-songwriter Ila Paliwal and her son, music producer and DJ Aasheesh “ShiShi” Paliwal!

Our exclusive Fireside Chat was a blast with special guests ILA and Aasheesh Paliwal, moderated by 1,000 Dreams Fund Founder & CEO Christie Garton, where we spoke more about our NEW Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholars Fund and it’s impact on women students in music!
The new fund will help women in music accelerate their progress toward their career goals while in school and ease the transition into the workforce. For the next ten years, the fund will either award four annual grants of $2,000 each, or provide a larger number of yearly grants ranging from $500-$2,000 apiece.

Hey, we are looking at you — future Grammy winners, producers, DJs and beyond! Apply now!

“1,000 Dreams Fund has worked closely with the Paliwal Foundation to support women in STEAM for years, and we are incredibly excited to further expand this partnership to specifically fuel the dreams of aspiring female music professionals,” says 1DF founder and CEO, Christie Garton. “Removing existing barriers like access to funding will further our shared goal of elevating women in the male-dominated music industry so that they may achieve their dreams.”

 The Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholars Fund is the newest addition to the Paliwal Club of 100, which features a STEAM Scholars Fund that helps high-potential young women complete their education and enter the workforce by providing one-time financial assistance to help with expenses such as research-related costs, convention and educational conference travel costs, graduate school exam and/or entry fees, and instructional programs related to professional pursuits.

“Investing in the future of the music industry is more important now than ever because COVID-19 has transformed the performing arts while simultaneously reinforcing the significance of music for so many,” says Ila Paliwal. “Music has played an incredibly important role in my life, which is why it brings me and Dinesh great joy and pride to be able to provide talented young women with the funds they need to pursue their own passions in music.”

Apply now to the Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholars Fund!

Applications for the 2021 Paliwal Club of 100 Music Scholars Fund are open from May 12, 2021 through October 15, 2021. Eligible applicants must identify as women, be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school in the U.S., and be pursuing a career in music.