Courtney Granger Memorial Award

With your help, Courtney’s memory will last forever


Celebrating the memory of Courtney Granger—master fiddler, musician, and culture bearer—who passed away in 2021 at the age of 39.

This memorial fund aims to raise $50,000 to permanently endow annual awards to young musicians in Courtney Granger’s memory.

Following his passing, Courtney’s friends and bandmates from The Pine Leaf Boys created a crowdfunding campaign to help defray funeral costs for Courtney’s family.

Courtney’s parents generously donated the remainder of those funds to the AcA to seed this fund.

Donations to the Fund will be re-granted annually beginning in 2023 through the Courtney Granger Memorial Award, administered by AcA, giving young musicians in Acadiana scholarships to attend national camps for traditional music—an opportunity that was so important to Courtney.


Donate to the fund

Application now closed.

Please direct any inquiries to:

For proposed activities that fall outside of Traditional Cajun music disciplines, please head to the Jean Breaux Award page.

The Courtney Granger Memorial Award provides young musicians in Acadiana an opportunity to apply for financial assistance to attend local and national camps for traditional music, provide mentors for private and small group music lessons, and instruments or instrument repairs to aspiring traditional musicians — all opportunities that were so very important to Courtney.

Courtney believed that our culture will only survive a generation at a time and always said, “why should I charge anyone for lessons when my lessons were given free to me”.

AcA and the Granger Family recognizes the value of diverse representation in arts and culture and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply for all relevant opportunities.


Important Dates:

Funding Cycle: May 1, 2024 to April 30, 2025

Applications Open: February 26, 2024

Application Deadline: Deadline extended to April 12, 2024 submitted via the online form by 4:30pm

Notification Date: Week of April 29, 2024

Award Amount: Up to $1,000


For assistance prior to the deadline, please contact:

Gwen Richard, Community Development Director,

Anna Kojevnikov, Community Development Manager,

Or give us a call at 337-233-7060


Eligible Applicants:

To be considered for this program, the applicant must:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident and a resident of Acadiana’s 8-parish region (Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, or Vermilion), and remain a resident for the duration of the grant period.
  • Have the goal of furthering their development as a traditional South Louisiana artist
  • Be enrolled in a public or private high school, community college or university and is a practicing artist, defined as one who is dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis.
  • Have a parent or guardian’s signed letter of support giving a student/artist under the age of 18 permission to participate in this program.