We are accepting applications for the 2020 scholarship program until June 30th

Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship recipients Jason Smith, Mitchell Inglis, Josianne Driscoll, Saryn Bezeau, Ila Graham!

Download the 2020 Application here.

Application Timeline

June 30 | Deadline for scholarship applications
mid-July | Recipients will be notified
Concert Series | Recipients will be announced at next Lunenburg Folk Harbour Concert
September | Start lessons
March of the following year | Participate in the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Young Folks Concert

About Jim Pittman

Jim Pittman was one of the founders of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. He was a poet and songwriter and called himself the “Singing Cook”. Jim was born in Lunenburg the son of a sea captain and loved to sing folk songs and sea shanties. In 1983, Jim and Bill Plaskett became friends and began writing songs together and ultimately started the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in 1986.

Jim died on December 27, 1996 at the age of 59. Shortly after, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society established the Jim Pittman Awards in his honour. In 2016, the awards program was changed to a scholarship program to increase our support for the young musicians and music teachers in Lunenburg County.

About the Program

The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society is pleased to celebrate folklore and music traditions of Lunenburg County and promote heritage education through the Jim Pittman Music Scholarship Program.

The program provides payment of up to $300 for one term (approximately 13 weeks) of music lessons for five students in grades 4-12.

We would like to thank the Pittman family, in memory of Jim and Audrey, for their generous donation in support of these scholarships.

Application Pick-up/ Drop-off

You will find contact-less application pick-up and drop-off options at our office at 125 Montague St. in Lunenburg. Though our office is currently closed to the public, we have self-serve applications available 24 hours a day. Just look for the envelopes taped to the window beside our office door.

When you have completed the application return it anytime to the envelope outside our office.

Selection Process

A panel of judges will award the three scholarships. Judges are members of the Education and Youth Committee and/or Lifetime Friends of the Festival.

Applications are reviewed anonymously and selections are made based on merit as demonstrated by responses to the questions on the application.


To qualify for a scholarship, you must:

  • Live in Lunenburg County
  • Be a student in grades 4 to 12
  • Want to take lessons from a music teacher in Lunenburg County who works with folk traditions and methods and has other established students


To apply, a student must fill out an application explaining how music has helped them learn about and appreciate the heritage of Lunenburg County. The application also asks for references and requires a parent’s signature.

Submit Your Application

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society Education Committee
125 Montague Street, P.O. Box 655
Lunenburg, NS
B0J 2C0