UEA awards a number of Music Scholarships every year, to new students who show exceptional musical achievement and commitment.
The scholarships are for musicians of any instrument or voice and any style or tradition – including different national traditions. They are intended to encourage recipients to develop their musical and leadership skills and 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.
Application is before entry to UEA, generally in the March.
The awards are worth £3000, payable over three years. 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.
To find out how previous Music Scholars have benefited from their scholarships, please visit our previous Music Centre Award holders and Scholars profiles.
No qualifications need to have been taken. A high standard of performance can be demonstrated at audition. In the case of a musician performing in a style or tradition without a formal method of assessment this is particularly important. For those used to the graded exam system it may be useful to say that a performing standard of Grade 8 and above is a benchmark. Neither Grade 8 nor any other exam need either have been taken or passed.
Please note that Music Scholarships are for UK citizens only. If you are an international or EU citizen, you are very welcome to apply for our Music Centre Award.
Type of Course
Number Available per Year
- UEA First Choice
Country / Region
Country of Domicile
UK citizen, or a citizen of the Channel Islands or Isle of Man
The application process has three main parts:
- You will need to submit either an online application form or a hard copy application form and provide details about your current and previous musical activities. Applications for the 2021 entry Music Scholarships will close at midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021.
- You will need to make video of yourself making music, upload the video (unlisted) to YouTube and then send the link. For the video, you will need to record three contrasting items of a maximum total length of ten minutes. Two of these should be pieces you feel show you at your best (they can be accompanied or unaccompanied), while the third should be a short unaccompanied study or folksong. Composers should submit performances of their works if possible, accompanied by scores. Links to recordings, for the 2021 entry Music Scholarships, must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday 21 March 2021. Please see the Music Scholarship Terms and Conditions for important information on the audition process.
- If your application is successful, you will then be invited to a short web-based interview with the Director of Music and the Choir Director, 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. Interviews, for the 2021 entry Music Scholarships, are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March 2021.
If you have any questions about the scholarships, please email email@example.com.