June Lythgoe Music Scholarship

The June Lythgoe Music Scholarship was established in 2006 as a memorial to June Lythgoe, a principal founder of AFI. Every second year a student pursuing a career in music is awarded $1000 towards further studies in music at a recognized post-secondary institution.

June and Len Lythgoe, 2003

June and Len Lythgoe, 2003

To read more about June Lythgoe and her commitment to Nelson and music please read Shannon Lythgoe’s Story: The Lythgoe Story

If you would like to donate to this Scholarship please visit

To apply download the AFI_June Lythgoe Application Form

NOTE: For 2019 the application has been extended to April 30th, 2019.

Past recipients:

  • 2010 – Malaika Horswill
  • 2012 – Anna Backus
  • 2014 – Gabriel Macdonald
  • 2016 – Emma Chart


Production Skills Mentorship Award

One of the many challenges in staging musical productions is finding qualified local technicians and directors who have the skills required to mount musical productions. AFI created the fund to enable organizations mounting a production to engage a student technician or director to be mentored by the production’s counterpart senior technician or director.

These skills will include, but are not limited to:

  • Stage direction
  • Stage management
  • Musical direction
  • Production management
  • Lighting design/staging
  • Sound design/staging
  • Set design/construction
  • Costume design

To apply to the Production Skills Mentorship Fund please submit your Application to

Updated: Feb. 1, 2015


Doris Bradshaw Bursary

Music students in the West Kootenay’s (City of Nelson and Regional District Areas D, E, F, G and H) are encouraged to apply for this Doris Bradshaw, Amy Ferguson Institute (AFI) Bursary to help fund their current studies in music while attending school: elementary, junior or senior high.

  • A bursary of $250 will be awarded annually to two recipients to further their musical studies
  • A total of $500 will be dispersed annually
  • Applications will be submitted by the students to AFI. The AFI Board will choose the bursary recipients.
  • Requests can be made for students studying voice or any instrument.
  • The bursary will vary annually between elementary, junior and senior high as much as possible.
  • The bursary is offered for 10 years (2016 – 2025)
  • The bursary will be awarded in October of each year.
  • A successful applicant from a previous year may not apply.

APPLICATION: Doris Bradshaw Bursary

2018 Bursary Recipients

  • Rio Isaacs – studies piano with Kathryn Whitehead, guitar and bass with Dave Roland and sings in Corazon Choir under Allison Girvan
  • Harlan Hofmann-Miller – studies guitar with Rita Deane

2017 Bursary Recipients

  • Lucas Alexander – studies piano with Anne MacDonald
  • Soleil Babcock – studies voice with Allison Girvan


2016 Bursary Recipients

  • Suki Simington studies piano with Anne Macdonald
  • Marot Sammartino studies guitar with Rita Deane