What is the Access Program?

The Access Program was created in 2020 in hopes of bridging opportunities for performers of color within the marching arts community. The main goal of the committee is to help create visibility for performers within the circuit, in hopes of encouraging young performers to continue within the marching arts in various roles such as being a technician, director, choreographer, designer, or even circuit staff and leadership. This led to the creation of the Access Scholarship which seeks to help performers of color be better prepared to financially support their indoor season. The FFCC continually strives to be a place that is welcoming to all regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, beliefs, and backgrounds.

How can I get involved?

The Access Program is led by the Access Committee which is composed of board members, unit directors, instructors, and staff within the FFCC. This committee helps select the Access Scholarship recipients, as well as plan educational opportunities in terms of approaching equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you would like to be a part of the committee please contact Carlos Bautista, Access Committee chair via email at carlos@ffcc.org.

Access Scholarship

The Access Scholarship is awarded to passionate performers of color that are seeking financial assistance in participating in their indoor ensembles. This was created to provide support for performers of color who are traditionally underrepresented in the marching arts. Applications open in November to December of each year, and are awarded in January.

2022 Access Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to our sponsors at McCormick’s for providing funds for one of our 2022 Access Program Scholarships, as well as the many individual donors who contributed to campaigns on Facebook over the past year.

2021 Access Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to our sponsors at McCormick’s for providing funds for one of our 2021 Access Program Scholarships, as well as the many individual donors who contributed to campaigns on Facebook over the past year.