Becoming a musician is something that many of us have dreamt of. We are often restricted in pursuing this dream, however. There are the social pressures based on the fact that the world only has limited capacity in terms of pop stars. There are also the more real financial pressures. Given that it is largely vocational, career prospects are rather limited outside of education. I hope to lay these and other concerns to rest by pointing out some leading music scholarships which will assure a certain level of financial independence, as well as give you the required tools to become a successful muscian.
We will first look at the Eton College Music Awards. Although Eton College is indeed the most exclusive school in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and perhaps the world, the fact that the school has such awards is representative of many schools in the country, either state or public. The Music Department at Eton is something rather special, however. It has over 70 teachers who teach over 1,300 lessons a week. This has assured the remarkable success of the school’s students. Up to eight scholarships are awarded, which reduces fees by 10% to 100%, as well as over two hours of extra music lessons a week.
At a higher level, we can look at the Music Scholarships of the University of Birmingham. This Music Scholarship is for those who fulfill three criteria. These are to be a UK resident for at least three years prior to starting the course, having been accepted to the University of Birmingham, and be performing at grade 8 in vocal or instrumental studies. It grants an extra 17 hours of music tuition for three years, and GBP 3,000 over the same period of time. Continual receipt of the scholarship depends on maintaining a 2:1 grade minimum.
Sticking to the United Kingdom, we will now look at the scholarships and bursaries disposed by the Royal Academy of Music. There is a wide range of scholarships available. This is reasonable, considering that the Royal Academy of Music is probably the world’s leading music conservatory. Also located in London, it is close to the vast European market. There are five scholarships available. The first is the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Scholarship which is the most generous, covering full fees and up to GBP 6,000 towards living expenses. The others are the Athena Scholarship, Julian Bream Trust Scholarships, Raffy Manoukian Scholarships, and Regent Scholarships.