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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 with a plan to enrich the musical life of the University. Award holders will be expected to develop innovative ways of contributing to music at UEA, and be leading members of ensembles across campus wherever possible. This may include forming new ensembles, performing at functions and offering solo and chamber music.

The awards are worth £500 each year for successful applicants. Where a candidate shows promise and passion, but has not quite met the award standard, £250 may be awarded to support their musical development towards a full award in a subsequent year. For a candidate that performs at an exceptional standard there is an award worth up to £1,000. This will be awarded via the same audition process and no separate application is necessary.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, which will focus on your musical achievements and plans for further progress, along with your ideas for contributing to the musical life of UEA.
  • 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).

How to apply

All UEA students (apart from students who already hold a UEA Music Scholarship - please see below) are able to apply for a UEA Music Centre Award. To apply for a UEA Music Centre Award, you will just need to fill out a Music Centre Award application form and submit it by email to If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview and audition, which will be held in weeks 4 and 5.

Please note that applications for the 2016/17 UEA Music Centre Awards have now closed. Applications for the 2017/18 Music Centre Awards will open in May 2017. 

UEA Music Scholarships (for students applying for 2017 entry)

UEA is launching a new Music Scholarship scheme, for September 2017 entry. These scholarships are worth up to £3,000 and are open to all undergraduates, who are applying for September 2017 entry. To find out more, please refer to the UEA Music Scholarship website.

Please note that applications for the 2017 UEA Music Scholarships have now closed. Applications for the 2018 UEA Music Scholarships will open in November 2017.

*Please note that if you are awarded a UEA Music Scholarship you will not be eligible for a UEA Music Centre Award.