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Spirit of Kate Scholarship Application
Kate Pittard was a professional saxophonist, singer and songwriter for over 15 years in San Francisco. She played with Afrolicious, Gringa, My Blue Soul, and attended California Brazil Camp several times. Her obsession with Brazilian music drove her study of percussion, most notably the zabumba. As a self-described lifelong student, she also played flute, pifano, guitar, various percussion, and she wrote songs both in English and Portuguese.

Tragically, Kate died of metastatic breast cancer on November 18, 2018 at 49 years old.

Kate is remembered for her kindness, humor, generosity, and bright, playful energy that inspired and uplifted those around her. Kate had a huge presence at CA Brazil Camp, where she spent her time dancing, singing, playing, and socializing. She had a particular love for the frevo ensemble classes taught by Spok, and she valued the Camp experience and community so much that she sponsored the tuition of a friend and bandmate who otherwise couldn't afford to attend. Her compassionate spirit and her loving support for women musicians and songwriters was a gift we plan to keep giving in her honor.

The Spirit of Kate Scholarship Fund offers full scholarships for low-income women (including trans and cisgender; non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals), with priority for people of color, to go to California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, CA for 1 week in August. Two people will be selected each year and receive 100% tuition coverage for 1 week of Camp, including 5 days of classes, performances, all meals and tent cabin accommodations. (Does not include transportation to Cazadero.)

For more information about California Brazil Camp visit:

Applicants should be experienced musicians with a keen interest in Brazilian music (no previous Brazilian music experience required). Selection will be based on financial need, a willingness to participate in all opportunities, and an eagerness to apply what is learned at Camp to their own lives. We hope to find participants who embody the spirit and brilliance of Kate so that her memory and legacy live on forever.

Viva Kaytchee!

For 2020: Application deadline is January 31, 2019
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Name *
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Which instrument(s) do you play? *
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Describe your general music background, including any experience with Brazilian music: *
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Links to your music:
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Have you ever attended CA Brazil Camp? *
If so, when?
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Why do you want to attend CA Brazil Camp and what are your goals for attending? *
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What do you plan to do with the skills gained at CA Brazil Camp? *
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Why should you be selected for the Spirit of Kate Pittard Scholarship to attend CA Brazil Camp? *
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Annual household income *
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Gender *
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Which week would you prefer to do Brazil Camp? *
If chosen, would you be able to find your own transportation to Cazadero, CA during those weeks? *
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