Nirvana’s former record label offers college scholarships to ‘losers’ and ‘art-enthused misfits’

Sub Pop are also offering grants of up to $15,000 (£10,490)

Sub Pop Records, the Seattle label which helped launch the careers of Nirvana and Soundgarden, is offering college scholarships to high school graduates.

Sub Pop is calling on “losers” and “art-enthused misfits” and those “involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way,” to apply.

There’s no requirement for the recipients to pursue an education in the arts but only residents from Washington or Oregon can apply.


According to their website, all applicants must be graduating seniors en route to full-time enrolment at an accredited university or college and there’s a total of $15,000 (£10,490) in grant cash up for grabs: one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000.

Those interested are required to submit an essay (one page or less), using a combination of questions as a guide. “What does being a Sub Pop ‘Loser’ mean to you?,” is one such theme.


The deadline for applications is March 20 and winners will be announced April 12. All details can be found at

Meanwhile, the cardigan Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain wore during the band’s appearance on MTV: Unplugged was recently sold by auction house Julien’s.

Cobain’s cardigan was expected to make up to $80,000 but in fact sold for $140,800 (£93,000). Prior to the auction, Julien’s described the cardigan as “A blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket.”

Other items sold at the auction were the jacket Michael Jackson wore to Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding ($24,320), an Elvis Presley jacket worn on stage in 1972 ($59,375), a 1965 baseball autographed by The Beatles ($100,000), Elvis Presley’s gold leaf grand piano ($610,000) and a a drum head used by Ringo Starr of The Beatles? for the band’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 ($2,050,000).

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