Handbell Musicians of America Area 1 established the Elizabeth Bradford Endowment Fund to provide scholarship assistance to encourage choirs to attend their first Area 1 Festival/Conference.  In non-Festival years, we also grant scholarships to directors to encourage them to attend their first national educational event. We hope that attending these types of events helps ringers and directors to develop their handbell skills and helps them to become more active in the guild. Only the income from the endowment is used for scholarships, but this is enough to provide partial registration assistance for several choirs/directors each year.

Bradford Scholarship for directors

Bradford Scholarship for choirs

Chime Loaner Program

Your school or organization could borrow a set of handchimes for a year.

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Margaret Shurcliff Award

The membership and Board of HANDBELL MUSICIANS OF AMERICA AREA 1 may present this Award every two years, at the Area 1 Biennial Meeting, to a present, former, or deceased member, in recognition of noteworthy and lasting contributions to Area 1, including:

  • …teaching effectively
  • …promoting healthy handbell ringing practices
  • …organizing and promoting local, statewide or Area 1 ringing events
  • …mentoring new choirs and ringers
  • …upholding The Guild motto — “Uniting people through a musical art.”