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About Nicole Yarling

Grant Funding Mentor for Musicians

Ever wondered how to turn your musical dreams into fully funded realities? Join Nicole Yarling, a seasoned artist and mentor who has consistently secured over $50,000 a year in grant money for the past five years. Whether you're a budding musician seeking financial support or an artist with a visionary concept, Nicole’s expertise will guide you through the intricacies of funding opportunities and sponsorships.

Nicole’s knowledge extends beyond music; she’s here to help you navigate the world of grants and sponsorships, transforming your creative ideas into tangible projects. Ready to discover the secrets of securing the resources you need to bring your artistic visions to life? Nicole Yarling is your key to mastering the art of funding your artistic dreams. Let’s transform your artistic vision into a funded reality!


Nicole Yarling, a Brooklyn-born artist who has found her home in South Florida for over four decades, is a multifaceted force in the world of music and education. Recently completing a 20-year tenure as faculty at Florida Memorial University and currently serving as a full-time lecturer at the Frost School of Music, Nicole is not only a violinist, vocalist, and composer, but also a dedicated mentor and curator. Her exceptional talent, passion, and commitment to nurturing young artists have earned her numerous accolades, including the Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists of America in 2015 and induction into the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2020, she was recognized as one of the top African American educators in South Florida.

Nicole's impact extends beyond accolades; she is a recipient of the Broward County Innovation Grant for her project "A Matter of Black Lives: Celebrating African American Fiddlers." Collaborating with jazz pianist Martin Bejerano, she received the Frost Provost Research award for "The Purple Project - Reimagining the Music of Prince." Nicole's commitment to community-building is evident in her establishment of the Jazz Encounters concert series at WDNA in Miami, now in its fourteenth year. As both adjudicator and performer, she has dedicated eleven years to the prestigious Young Arts organization in Miami.

In Ft. Lauderdale, Nicole serves as the Educational Director and host of the monthly "First Friday Jam," a fifteen-year-old jazz jam for young musicians sponsored by the Gold Coast Jazz Society. For the past five years, she has consistently amassed over $50,000 a year in grant money, showcasing her prowess in securing financial support for artistic endeavors. Nicole also brings her expertise to curating the Student Stage for the South Beach Jazz Festival, demonstrating her dedication to fostering emerging talent. As a mentor, Nicole goes beyond guiding musicians in honing their craft; she specializes in helping individuals develop their artistic concepts. Her unique expertise lies in transforming seemingly far-fetched ideas into tangible projects by steering them towards potential sponsors and grants. Nicole Yarling is not just an artist; she is a catalyst for turning creative visions into reality.

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