Supporting talented and musically ambitious students Supporting talented and musically ambitious students

UEA Music Centre offers two schemes providing financial support for talented musicians:

  • Music Centre Awards, which are open to all UEA students (please see below for more details). 
  • Music Scholarships, which are open to new UEA undergraduates (please see the bottom of the page for more details, including updates relating to COVID-19).

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. The awards are intended to encourage the recipients to develop their musical and leadership skills in order that they may contribute significantly to music at UEA. A high standard of performance is expected, but equally important is a clear commitment to take leading roles in the musical life of the University.

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).

The awards are worth £800 per year. 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 award holder is expected to use the money to develop their musical skills and resource. Instrumental or vocal lessons can be arranged as part of this expectation.

The awards are made for one year, but if the holder wishes to continue and can demonstrate to the Director of Music that they have made significant contributions during that year, they are welcome to re-audition for the next year and the award may be renewed. If at any point the Director of Music has concerns, the holder of an award may be invited to discuss their involvement in musical life. If it is felt that the holder is not willing or able to make the required contribution, the award may be withdrawn.

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).

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October 2019. Auditions will take place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2019.

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

For further details, 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 are now closed for the 2019-20 UEA Music Centre Awards. Applications for the 2020-21 UEA Music Centre Awards will open in June 2020.

A small number of Music Community Awards may also be made at the end of the academic year to students who have made significant contributions to, for example, the running of ensembles or society committees. No application for these is necessary, the awards will be made upon nomination to a panel who will take the final decisions.

UEA Music Scholarships (for incoming students)

UEA offers Music Scholarships, worth up to £3,000 (payable over three years), to incoming UEA students. The scholarships are intended for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition who can demonstrate an excellent standard of performance allied to a plan for enriching the musical life of the University.

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, we have changed the process for appointing UEA Music Scholars for 2020 entry:

  • We will now ask all candidates for a video recording instead of a live audition and, on receipt of application, arrange a time to interview using Skype or similar.
  • We have extended the application deadline to 12noon on Sunday 26 April 2020. 

For further information about the 2020 entry UEA Music Scholarships and details on how to apply, please refer to the UEA Music Scholarship webpage.