Canadian teenage trumpeter uses crowdfunding for Juilliard tuition

Posted on: May 8, 2018

“William Leathers was recently accepted to Juilliard’s undergraduate music program and has now raised enough to cover his first year,” reports Julia Cope in Wednesday’s (5/2) CBC/Radio-Canada (Toronto). “Toronto’s William Leathers, 17 … topped his $65,500 goal on the online fundraising website YouCaring on Wednesday after officially starting his fundraiser on Saturday.… The teen was one of three trumpeters this year [accepted] to study at Juilliard…. As an international student, Leathers needed $91,000 a year for four years to cover his tuition and housing. His family managed to put together $25,500, but he turned to crowdfunding for the rest…. Although he received some scholarship money from Juilliard, Leathers wasn’t eligible for a majority of Canadian scholarships because he’s going to a school outside the country.… The trumpeter already wants to help others who are struggling to find a way to pay for school. Leathers said he plans to use 10 per cent of what he’s raised so far to create a foundation to help other young artists…. If he is able to cover his entire school expenses, Leathers plans to give the remainder of what’s raised to the foundation.”

Posted May 8, 2018