The Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Concert Returns

Join us Saturday June 12th at 7pm for the annual concert.

In person at the Opera House and by live stream

Mark your calendars! This celebratory event not only showcases the talent of the young winners but also is the sole source of funding for these scholarships, which are used to support lessons, music camp tuitions, and musical instrument purchases and more for island school students.


This annual concert is the ONLY source of funds for this scholarship, which provides direct support for the music education of our young people. More than any other subject, the study of music has been shown to improve performance in all area's of school and life.

Performers include: 

Frank Gotwals
Gavin Bailey
SooZin Cha
Chris Kapsha
The Rock Bottom Band
Diana Lane
Rosalie Bailey
Tyler Robbins and Deven Olsen

Tickets are a $10 suggested donation. All donations go directly into the scholarship fund that provides music lessons for the participants!



The live stream of the performance can be viewed here.


Bud Carter Loved to Sing

Born in Deer Isle, Bud was a crooner—and a bandleader of, among other groups, the StoningTones. The Bud Carter Memorial Music Scholarship Concert is an annual event, hosted since 2002 at the Opera House. The scholarship and concert were inaugurated in 1991, in memory of this beloved ocal musician after his untimely early death. Since 1991 the committee has awarded over 100 scholarships, funding three to seven students each year for voice and instrument lessons, instruments and repairs, and music camps. The one requirement is that scholarship winners perform in the Bud Carter Concert in the year in which they receive the scholarship, and in the following year. Many students return in subsequent years to perform. The Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Committee members also provide advice and oversight regarding instructors and instruments.

Donations to the Bud Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made here.

If you'd prefer to mail a check to support the Scholarship Fund, it can be sent to:

Bud Carter Music Scholarship Fund
c/o Opera House Arts
P.O. Box 56
Stonington, ME 04681.