Each year Doublestop Foundation identifies deserving musicians to receive a fine stringed instrument loan for three years. With the ever increasing demand of collectors and musicians, these elegant tools have become too valuable for many musicians to invest. Some of the finest instruments are even considered works of art worthy of display in museums across the world.

Since its launch, the Competition has been a necessary step for all musicians who desire the sophisticated qualities of that which only a fine instrument can provide. Competition winners, named Doublestop Ambassador, are lent fine instruments as well as access to the Foundation’s network of professional mentors and partners. Thus far, the Competition has enabled several musicians to elevate their artistry to new heights and without the burden of debt. Please visit our Ambassadors to see how these instruments have positively impacted their lives.


Please review the “Ambassador Division Guidelines” below for more information about the application and process.


2018 Application Submission Deadlines (fees)

Early: December 1, 2017 ($45)

Middle: January 15, 2018 ($60)

Late: March 15, 2018 ($75) *

* Please email if you would like to request an extension.


The Regrant Project supports the DF mission by making high-quality student instrument donations to public school and community organizations. Recipient institutions either own an unplayable damaged collection or have the desire to launch a new string program. DF provides these donations to deserving organizations that will benefit from the relief. The donation is buoyed with assistance from Doublestop Ambassadors and Partners who provide follow-up support in the form of on-campus performances, development training (i.e. masterclass, sectionals, or lessons), and discounted repair/setup work as well as accessories.

The Regrant Project is here to protect the future of string playing and to ensure that no child is ever denied the basic human right to play music.

Please contact Matthew at to find out if The Regrant Project can work for your organization.


In 2012, the Regrant Project launched with the donation of 13 violins to the Korean American Family Service Center’s Hodori ‘Little Tigers’ Program located in Queens. This gift was made with support from Main Violin Shop in New Jersey, and it enabled the Center to launch a violin studies course for the Hodori Program.

More recently, the Regrant Project presented two string quartets to the Harlem School of the Arts (HSA), and again, the Main Violin Shop was ready with support. The HSA donation also received assistance from our partner D’Adarrio Strings. Prior to Doublestop’s delivery, HSA’s string collection was in disarray and with thousands of dollars in broken unrestorable instruments. This gift rejuvenated HSA’s string department and enabled Maria Ahn, Strings Chair to launch two new strings courses.

“Many young aspiring musicians at Harlem School of the Arts will be so excited to have access to these great instruments. The entire String Department at HSA thanks Doublestop Foundation for their generosity and passionate commitment to arts education.”

MARIA AHN, strings chair, Harlem School of the Arts

Ambassador Division Guidelines


Early ($45 fee): December 1, 2017

Middle ($60 fee): January 15, 2018

Late ($75 fee): March 15, 2018



  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16-27 (born after January 1, 1991 and before December 31, 2002).
  • Applicants are citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States or legally permitted to work or study in the United States and able to provide documentation.
  • Applicants agree to maintain their resident status in the United States for the term of the loan contract unless Doublestop Foundation, in its sole discretion, waives this requirement in advance.
  • Previous winners of the Ambassador division may not reapply.


  • All applicants must submit video recordings of three solo works (with piano accompaniment where applicable)
    • Solo works should not be edited, but each solo work may be recorded individually
  • Send your private YouTube video links to ‘doublestopfdn’ at
  • Each solo work should be played in its entirety

Violin / Viola / Cello

Applicants must submit one of each of the following: solo Bach, a virtuoso piece, and a concerto movement

Double Bass

Applicants may select any two contrasting solo works and one movement of unaccompanied Bach

    • All Finalists will be notified by April 2, 2018
    • The live final round in New York City will be held in May 2018


  • Pay the non-refundable application fee
  • Submit a copy of the applicant’s valid USA passport or State Issued Driver’s License/ I.D.
    • Foreign applicants studying in the United States must submit a copy of his/her visa documentation.
  • Include a recent headshot or unobstructed photograph of the applicant’s face
    • This photo should be suitable for publication purposes.
  • Submit a short biography. (150 words or less)
  • Upload a one-page resume (PDF)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Completed questionnaire:
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity? [150 characters]
    • Please describe any financial hardships that prevent you from purchasing a fine instrument. [3500 characters]
    • In your words, what does it mean to be a musical ambassador in the 21st Century? Share with us your relationship to this concept now, and how it might impact your future in music. [3500 characters]


  • Doublestop Foundation reserves the right to request additional information from any applicant
  • Preliminary round applications will be reviewed by, and the live audition jury will be composed of, distinguished artists, teachers, and administrators
  • Decisions made by the jury will be final and binding
  • Successful candidates are contracted Ambassadors of Doublestop Foundation and the recipient of a stringed instrument loan for the duration of three years
    • The Ambassador contract may include participation in performances, master classes, or community engagement projects
    • Professional fees may not always be paid for services, however the Foundation will provide for reasonable travel and accommodation costs, where applicable
  • All loan recipients must sign a contract governing the terms and conditions of the loan, which includes but is not limited to instruction for instrument care/maintenance and details regarding performance engagements
  • Costs associated with insurance, restoration, and the initial inspection will be the responsibility of Doublestop Foundation. Ambassadors are responsible for all routine and general maintenance expenses, which may include changing strings, rosin, re-hair, plane fingerboard, bridge repair, gluing of seams, etc.