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UEA Music Centre Awards (for all new and current students)

UEA Music Centre awards a number of Music Centre Awards every year, to students who show exceptional musical achievement and commitment. These awards go towards one-to-one tuition and coaching, by leading professionals. The awards are designed to encourage the recipients to develop their technique, musicianship, performance, and leadership skills.

Purpose of UEA Music Centre Awards

The purpose of the awards is to support musicians of high standard who are willing to contribute significantly to the musical life of the University.

The awards are intended for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition – including different national traditions - who can demonstrate an excellent standard of performance allied to a plan for enriching the musical life of the University.

It is expected that a major part of the contribution made by the holder of an award will be to play or sing in University ensembles relevant to their voice or instrument, and to be a leading member of those ensembles, demonstrating commitment and encouraging others. Those for whom no ensemble is appropriate will be expected to devise and demonstrate ways of contributing to the musical life of the University (e.g. form new ensembles, organise concerts, perform at University functions). It is important that you think carefully about how you might make your contributions, rather than expect to be directed towards the necessary steps.

The awards are worth £750 per year. For a candidate performing at an exceptional standard there may be an award worth up to £1000. Any award of this nature will be made via the usual audition process and no separate application is necessary.

Where the Director of Music considers that a candidate has not met the required standard but shows promise, a smaller sum may be awarded to support their development towards a main award in a subsequent year. The holder is expected to use this money to develop their musical skills and to devote at least part of it to taking lessons for their instrument or voice.

The awards are made for one year, but if the holder wishes to continue and can demonstrate that they have made significant contributions during that year, the award may be renewed.

Requirements, Interviews and Auditions

No qualifications need have been attained; a high standard of performance can be demonstrated at audition. For those used to the graded exam system, Grade 8 and above is a benchmark, but this need not have been taken.

All awards are made by interview and audition. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to:

  • A short interview with our Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop, where your musical achievements and plans for further progress will be discussed, along with your ideas for contributing to the musical life of the university. If you cannot demonstrate a plan for significant contributions to musical life you may not be put forward for audition and your application will be terminated.
  • An audition, no longer than 10 minutes, where you will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces of your choice (an accompanist will be provided where appropriate).

*Please note: If you currently have a UEA Music Scholarship you are not eligible for a UEA Music Centre Award

See our UEA Music Centre Award Terms and Conditions.

How to apply

All UEA students, no matter what course they are studying, are eligible to apply for a UEA Music Centre Award.

Applications for the 2018-19 Music Centre Awards have now closed. Applications for the 2019-20 Music Centre Awards will open in May 2019. 

UEA Music Scholarships (for students applying for 2019 entry)

UEA is offering Music Scholarships, worth up to £3,000 (payable over three years), to students applying for 2019 entry. To find out more, please refer to the UEA Music Scholarship website.

Applications for the 2019 entry UEA Music Scholarships are now open and will close on Friday 22 March 2019.

Auditions for the 2019 entry UEA Music Scholarships will take place on Wednesday 10 and Saturday 13 April 2019.