KEN PALMER MUSIC BURSARY

The Forest City London Music Awards through the Ken Palmer Music Bursary shows strong commitment and encouragement to young musicians graduating from high school to support their post-secondary music education goals at an Ontario college or university. Each year the $1,000 bursary is awarded to two outstanding graduating high school students.

The Bursary was founded in the spring of 2014 by Ian Davies and Mario Circelli to honour the memory of the late Ken Palmer who died in 2013 at the age of 65 (Oct. 5, 1948 – Oct. 30, 2013). Ken was an integral part of the London music scene for more than 40 years as a performer with the Dixie Flyers (FCLMA Hall of Fame), Artistic Director of Home County Music & Art Festival (15 years), and as a music teacher/mentor to many young musicians. After two years of fundraising the first Ken Palmer Music Bursary was awarded in 2016 to Keegan Marshall of H.B. Beal Secondary School. Since then, nine more $1,000 bursaries have been awarded including the 2021 winners Angela Metron (Catholic Central High School) and Kate McLeod (Woodstock Collegiate Institute). The FCLMA congratulates these outstanding young students and hopes this award will help them to achieve great success in their musical careers.


The FCLMA Board of Directors is grateful for our partnership with Life*Spin so that we can issue tax-deductible receipts for donations to the FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary. If you would like to donate, please click the button below OR send a cheque payable to the Ken Palmer Music Bursary in care of Life*Spin, P.O. Box 2801, London, ON N6A 4H4, Attention: Jacquie Thompson. Tax receipts are issued in February of each year.

Registered Charitable # 89196 7069 RR0001


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 May 27, 2022 to lindawharton76@rogers.com.  Winners will be notified prior to the Awards ceremony.

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 May 27, 2022 to lindawharton76@rogers.com.  Winners will be notified prior to the Awards ceremony.

Thank You To Our Donors

ANGEL DONORS ($200 and up)

Jeff & Louise Carroll
Jeff Crossett
Ian Davies & Kay McIntyre
Ken & Sheila Davies
Suzanne Edmondson & Ian Franklin
Lucy Gravelle
Mike Hanson
Helix Courier Ltd.
Ron & Liz Hicks
Judy Jolliffe in memory of Roger Jolliffe
Jenn & Chico Martin
John F. McGarry, QC
Bev & Paul Mills
Nunn’s London Ltd.
Linda & Tim Wharton

DONORS ($50 - $199)

Tom Burns
Annie & Carl Grindstaff

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR KEN PALMER MUSIC BURSARY RECIPIENTS 

2021 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winners 

Angela Metron, Catholic Central High School (left) and Kate McLeod, Woodstock Collegiate Institute (right)

2020 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winners

Meagan Foster, Banting Secondary School (left) and Emma Deinum, Laurier Secondary School (right)

2019 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winners

Emily Inch, Medway Secondary School and Nicole Pitter, Glendale High School with Jacquie Thompson of Life*Spin (far left), Bursary Co-Chair Linda Wharton (left), Bursary Co-Chair & Founder Ian Davies (far right)

2018 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winners

Gillian Derer, Glendale High School (middle lef) and Rebecca Myette, Oakridge Secondary School (middle right) with.Bursary Co- Chair & Founder Ian Davies (far left), and Co-Chair Linda Wharton (far right).


2017 FCLMA Ken Palmer Music Bursary winners

Hannah Couto with teacher A.J. Petrasiunas (middle left), Dan Brock (far left) & FCLMA Chair Mario Circelli (far right).

The first Ken Palmer Music Bursary was awarded in 2016 to Keegan Marshall of H.B. Beal Secondary School 

with Bursary Co-Chair & Founder Ian Davies (left) and FCLMA Committee Member the late Greg Simpson (right). 

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.

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