How Would You Choose a Winner of the Neil Peart Memorial Drum Scholarship?

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Hudson Music announced a Neil Peart Memorial Drum Scholarship that will be awarded by Percussive Arts Society.

The announcement makes me a little suspicious because it pushes a new Hudson Music product while stating four annual winners receive "the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators."

So, let's imagine that a group like ours raises $200,000 or so to fund a $10,000 annual scholarship to a big-time music school in the U.S. How would you select the winner?

For me, the three criteria would include:

1. Audition. The primary factor in the selection would be ability. Three top candidates would be judged on performance by a panel of professional judges.

2. Writing: One of the factors that made Peart amazing was his writing, including lyrics and several published books. The scholarship application would include a 1,000-word essay (on any topic).

3. Character: The scholarship application would require letters of recommendation from two unrelated adults attesting to the student advancing good things in the world.

Any other ideas?

Here's the announcement from Blabbermouth.net:


Hudson Music has announced the The Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship. Applications begin in March 2021 through the Percussive Arts Society (PAS.org).

PAS (Percussive Arts Society) will annually award four drummers the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators.

Before his untimely death in 2020, Peart was considered to be one of the greatest drummers to have ever lived. As the drummer and primary lyricist for the multi-platinum selling rock band RUSH, Neil charmed the world with his introspective and eclectic writing. Heavily inspired by science fiction, fantasy, philosophy, and his many cross-country trips on his motorcycle, Neil crafted universal lyrics that encapsulated the social and humanitarian issues of the time.

While Neil is said to have inspired famous bands — like the FOO FIGHTERS, SMASHING PUMPKINS and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — with his lyrical chops, he contributed far more to the world than just lyrics. Neil also penned nine books, many that recount his trials and triumphs from decades spent on the road, giving the world affecting, memorable thoughts about life, loss, and inspiration.



Peart died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 67 years old.

RUSH announced Peart's passing on January 10, setting off shockwaves and an outpouring of grief from fans and musicians all over the world.

RUSH's final show took place at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015. Peart indicated at the time that he wanted to retire while he was still able to play well, along with a desire to spend more time at home with his young daughter.

Peart joined RUSH in 1974. He was considered one of the best rock drummers of all time, alongside John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN; Keith Moon of THE WHO; and Ginger Baker of CREAM.

Neil Peart Scholarship Announcement

Hudson Music is proud to annouce the The Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship sponsored by Hudson Music. Applications begin in March 2021 thru the Percussive Arts Society (PAS.org) PAS will annually award 4 drummers the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators
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Posted by Hudson Music on Sunday, November 15, 2020
 
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The best bribe would certainly tip the scale.
 

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For me, the three criteria would include:

2. Writing: The scholarship application would include a 1,000-word essay (on any topic).
This reduces the field of possibilities by 80% if the essay judges are accredited.
 

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I don't understand?

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Well, we're talking about drummers for one, and writing a good essay isn't the easiest thing in the world. Is it a pass/fail judgement on an essay or a college level 'C' for acceptance?
 

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Well, we're talking about drummers for one, and writing a good essay isn't the easiest thing in the world. Is it a pass/fail judgement on an essay or a college level 'C' for acceptance?
It's a competitive scholarship (hypothetically) and one of the criteria is the adults (or near-adults) who apply as high school seniors is they have to be able to fill two pages with words. That's not tough.
 

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It's a competitive scholarship (hypothetically) and one of the criteria is the adults (or near-adults) who apply as high school seniors is they have to be able to fill two pages with words. That's not tough.
It's not tough to turn in 2 pages of words, sure. But 2 pages of decent, critically analyzed and well written support for a thesis? -- that's tough for a lot of HS students, and we're talking drummers. And if it's not tough, why bother with it for a scholarship on behalf of, as you wrote, 'an amazing writer'? If the essay portion is going be pass-fail, thanks for 2 pages, drop it out of respect for Peart.
 

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"While Neil is said to have inspired famous bands — like the FOO FIGHTERS, SMASHING PUMPKINS and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — with his lyrical chops"

Um, what.

Right outta the gate, not quite that good...guessing this will all be based on youtube playalongs, and it wouldn't be shocking to see a girl win. Just sayin'. There are some pretty good ones out there drumming away on the internet.

Tried to sit through a vid the other day...playing along to a track is just boring. Get some musicians in there. Neil would have agreed, I think.
 

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Nail La Villa, Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions. Write (sci fi) lyrics to YYZ. Oh, and be a student somewhere!
 

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So they are going to give away lessons... That's noble and worthwhile.

However, I'd be concerned that some kind of audition might tilt the awards in one direction. That is, award selections may include applicants that are only at a more advanced level, and limit the likelihood of being awarded to that less experienced applicant who may actually see a larger benefit from those free lessons. If we have an ability scale ranked from 1-10, 10 being best, the movement from 7 to 8 or 8 to 9... may require greater effort and not be as significant as moving somebody from a 2 to 5 or 4 to 6. Maybe a functional solution is to offer awards for applicants sitting at different points of the ability scale?

Also, how do you gage desire and persistence (which may or may not be a selection criteria)? Somebody at a higher ability level may be granted some weight in this area because of the effort required to achieve a skill level. But how do you weigh that with a less skilled and experienced applicant? Granted an essay can give a bit of insight, but they are just words on a paper... maybe some video over a given time span to show effort/outcome?
 

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Hudson Music announced a Neil Peart Memorial Drum Scholarship that will be awarded by Percussive Arts Society.

The announcement makes me a little suspicious because it pushes a new Hudson Music product while stating four annual winners receive "the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators."

So, let's imagine that a group like ours raises $200,000 or so to fund a $10,000 annual scholarship to a big-time music school in the U.S. How would you select the winner?

For me, the three criteria would include:

1. Audition. The primary factor in the selection would be ability. Three top candidates would be judged on performance by a panel of professional judges.

2. Writing: One of the factors that made Peart amazing was his writing, including lyrics and several published books. The scholarship application would include a 1,000-word essay (on any topic).

3. Character: The scholarship application would require letters of recommendation from two unrelated adults attesting to the student advancing good things in the world.

Any other ideas?

Here's the announcement from Blabbermouth.net:


Hudson Music has announced the The Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship. Applications begin in March 2021 through the Percussive Arts Society (PAS.org).

PAS (Percussive Arts Society) will annually award four drummers the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators.

Before his untimely death in 2020, Peart was considered to be one of the greatest drummers to have ever lived. As the drummer and primary lyricist for the multi-platinum selling rock band RUSH, Neil charmed the world with his introspective and eclectic writing. Heavily inspired by science fiction, fantasy, philosophy, and his many cross-country trips on his motorcycle, Neil crafted universal lyrics that encapsulated the social and humanitarian issues of the time.

While Neil is said to have inspired famous bands — like the FOO FIGHTERS, SMASHING PUMPKINS and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — with his lyrical chops, he contributed far more to the world than just lyrics. Neil also penned nine books, many that recount his trials and triumphs from decades spent on the road, giving the world affecting, memorable thoughts about life, loss, and inspiration.



Peart died on January 7 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 67 years old.

RUSH announced Peart's passing on January 10, setting off shockwaves and an outpouring of grief from fans and musicians all over the world.

RUSH's final show took place at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 1, 2015. Peart indicated at the time that he wanted to retire while he was still able to play well, along with a desire to spend more time at home with his young daughter.

Peart joined RUSH in 1974. He was considered one of the best rock drummers of all time, alongside John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN; Keith Moon of THE WHO; and Ginger Baker of CREAM.


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Reading, plain and simple. No free form drum solo, no essay writing on ‘how you’d bring peace to the world’; just flat out reading serious snare drum music with dynamics maybe from Cirone book and serious drum set music like Zappas Mo N’ Herbs Vacation. Case closed. Sick of hearing kids with one dynamic and one velocity level of “bangin away” being broadcast all over U-Tube. Get real!
 

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An elaborate drum solo, because that’s what Neil used to give away his 3 kits back in the late 80’s.
 

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The person writing the best lyrics.
If its a Neil Peart scholarship, you have to be able to put pen to paper.
 


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