The Forest City London Music Awards is committed to encouraging young musicians in high school to pursue a post-secondary education in Music.  The late Ken Palmer was an integral part of the London music scene for more than 40 years as a performer with the Dixie Flyers, Artistic Director of the Home County Music & Art Festival and a music teacher. The $1,000 bursary named in his honour is awarded to a graduating high school student pursuing music education at a post secondary level in Ontario.

Ken Palmer

Bursary Applicants:

  1. The applicant must be in their last year of secondary school, with either the Thames Valley District School Board or the London District Catholic School Board or French Language School Boards
  2. The applicant must have made a positive contribution to their school music program.
  3. The applicant must be pursuing music as a major, at a post-secondary school in Ontario, upon graduating from secondary school. The institution could be either a University or College program.

A complete application must include the following:

  1. An essay (500 to 1000 words) from the applicant, describing why they would be an appropriate selection for this $1,000.00 CDN bursary.
  2. Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s school Music teacher or a Guidance Councillor.
  3. Letter of intent for continuing post-secondary music education as described.
  4. Complete contact information.

Please fill out and email your application by April 16, 2021 to  Winners will be notified prior to the Awards ceremony.

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Ken Palmer Music Bursary.

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Block 1

2018 FCLMA Ken Palmer Bursary winners, Gillian Derer and Rebecca Myette. Bursary Ambassadors Ian Davies (far left) Linda Wharton (far right)

Block 2

2017 FCLMA Ken Palmer Bursary Recipient Hannah Couto with teacher AJ Petrasiunas (right), Dan Brock (far right) & MP Circelli (far left).

Block 3

2016 FCLMA Ken Palmer Bursary Winner, Keegan Marshall (centre), with Ian Davies FCLMA Bursary Ambassador (left) and Committee Member Greg Simpson (left).

Block 1

2019 FCLMA Ken Palmer Bursary winners with FCLMA Bursary Ambassadors (Jacquie Thompson – far left, Linda Wharton – Ian Davies far right) Nicole Pitter and Emily Inch

Block 2

2020 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winner Meagan Foster 

Block 3

2020 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winner Emma Deinum

The FCLMA Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges the participation and partnership of LifeSpin through which we are able to issue tax deductible receipts for donations to the FCLMA Ken Palmer Bursary. The FCLMA and LifeSpin helping to make a difference in our community.