No.11908   October 31, 2013

Suntory Holdings Limited
U.S.-Japan Council

The U.S.Government, the U.S.-Japan Council and Suntory
Partner to Establish the
TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund

Providing Scholarships to 3 Prestigious U.S. Music Schools; Students Affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake are Preferred

Suntory Holdings Limited (Suntory: Nobutada Saji, Chairman of the Board) has partnered with the U.S. Government and the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC: Irene Hirano Inouye, President) to establish the TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund as part of ongoing disaster relief and reconstruction efforts in Tohoku. Beginning in 2014 and running for three years, this music scholarship will provide scholarships for twelve Japanese students to attend three of the most prestigious music schools in the United States.

The TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund provides Japanese students with the opportunities to obtain the skills and the international perspective necessary to succeed as a global musician in the 21st century. In addition, this music scholarship invests in young Japanese leaders who wish to contribute to a peaceful and prosperous society by appreciating the United States and Japan and each other's cultures through music.

From 2014-2016, four scholars will be chosen annually to receive the TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship. This scholarship gives preference to students who have been affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and is a part of Suntory's broader efforts to support disaster relief and reconstruction in Tohoku.

The first group of scholars will be announced after Spring 2014.

After the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Suntory Group contributed relief supplies and donations to affected communities. Furthermore, to assist the long-term reconstruction and revitalization of the disaster area, the Suntory Group have decided to contribute 8.8 billion yen to programs such as "activities to support recovery of the fishing industry", "youth support initiatives" and "support through culture, the arts, and sports."

About the TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as entrepreneurship and leadership programs. We seek to foster a "TOMODACHI generation" of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other's countries and cultures, and possess the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.


TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund
Music Schools and Scholarship Amounts
From 2014-2016, selected students will receive scholarships for the following music schools

(1)The Juilliard School
  - One student will receive $10,000 annually for 4 years (Total: $120,000 for 3 students)
(2)Berklee College of Music
  - Two students will receive $20,000 annually for 4 years (Total: $480,000 for 6 students)
(3)San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  - One student will receive $20,000 annually for 4 years (Total: $240,000 for 3 students)
Total Scholarship Amount
Japanese applicants must be accepted into one of the U.S. music schools partnering with the TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund. Applicants from the three prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures)are preferred
Application Information
Individuals interested in the scholarship must apply directly to each U.S. educational institution. For more information, please visit:
Selection Process
The respective U.S. music schools will select and notify successful applicants
Acceptance to Scholarship
If selected for the scholarship, applicants will receive a letter of acceptance directly from the music schools after Spring 2014
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