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Welcome! Applications are now being accepted for the Walter and Peggy Grauman Fellowship in Classical Music at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. 



The Walter and Peggy Grauman Fellowship in Classical Music is made possible by the generosity of performing arts philanthropist and Wallis Ambassador Peggy Parker Grauman and her late husband Walter Grauman. The Grauman Fellowship in Classical Music, the first-ever Fellowship program at The Wallis and the first of its type in Los Angeles County, will provide an annual Fellowship Award of $15,000 to advance the career of an exceptionally talented emerging classical pianist or strings musician based in Los Angeles.

The program is intended to support the Fellow during the transition from formal education and training to the professional music world. The Fellow will have an inside look at how classical music is programmed, how artists are selected, how shows are marketed, and the essential role of philanthropic support. In addition to receiving a $15,000 Fellowship award, the Grauman Fellow will receive mentorship from The Wallis, including live performance opportunities, guidance related to successful auditioning, and the chance to meet with and learn from leading artists. The Fellow will also be asked to plan and implement a community-based outreach project designed to promote awareness and appreciation of classical music in Los Angeles County. The Wallis will announce the selection of a Grauman Fellow annually.



The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national, and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, California, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind You can read more about our mission and core values here.

The Wallis believes everyone deserves to learn and grow through the arts. Thanks to a generous gift from Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Family, our campus includes GRoW @ The Wallis, a wing dedicated to sharing the arts with learners of all ages. Arts learning is integral to all that we do at The Wallis: connecting audiences with the very best in the performing arts; using the power of the arts to build community and address pressing social issues; and responding to critical needs in the greater community through arts leadership, collaboration, and partnership. Our GRoW programs serve youth, serious young artists, and older adults online, in our classrooms, and in our theaters.



Applicants must:

  • Be an early career classical pianist or string musician who will have received their graduate or undergraduate degree between May 2023 and June 2024 from an accredited Los Angeles County college, university, or conservatory.
  • Demonstrate exceptional artistry.
  • Have a distinct interest in community-based projects that expand access to classical music.


Key Dates & Deadlines:

  • Application due by 11:59 PM on April 30th via Acceptd.
    • Fee will be waived for first 10 applicants (apply code Wallis0310) 
  • In-person auditions will be held in late May or early June, in person in Los Angeles. Applicants must be available to audition in person, no exceptions.
  • Fellow selected by June 2024.
  • Fellowship begins September 2024.
  • Fellowship concludes June 30, 2025.



Applicants must submit a general questionnaire form, video auditions, and a community outreach project proposal. View the FAQs on our website (scroll down on the page) to learn more about creating a project proposal, applying for the program, and the fellowship experience.