This Sub Pop article was written by Ben Kendall, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Seattle record label Sub Pop fomented a movement of music perfectly suited for the misfits and losers of a lost generation, this was known as grunge. The label helped launch the huge careers of seminal grunge bands Nirvana and Soundgarden, who reached out to the angst-ridden youths who felt like they were on the road to nowhere fast.
Now, Sub Pop are calling out to graduating high school ‘losers’ and ‘art-enthused misfits’ to apply for their college scholarships, helping to ensure that those who have bypassed the ‘traditional standards’ of ‘success’ and ‘winning’ get a chance in pursuing their dreams (because we all know those standards are phony, and for phonies).
The label is reaching out to teens ‘involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way’, and there’s no requirement for the recipients to pursue an education in the arts. However, only residents of Washington and Oregon are able to apply.
All budding applicants must be graduating seniors en route to full-time enrolment at the accredited university or college, and there’s a total of $15,000 (£10,490) in grant cash up for grabs – one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000.
Students interested are required to submit an essay of one page or less, using the following questions as a guide:
What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
What does being a Sub Pop ‘loser’ mean to you?
What are your influences and/or who inspired you to become involved in the arts?
Describe your biggest failure and explain how it has brought you closer to your goal(s).
Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
How has your family or community background affected the way you see the world?
The deadline for applicants is on the 20th March, and the winners will be announced on the 12th April. Full details are available on the Sub Pop website.