Music Scholarship Music Scholarship

UEA awards a number of Music Scholarships 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 Scholarship Scheme 

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

The scholarships 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.

Other ways of contributing to musical life might be to form new ensembles, to organise concerts, to become involved in running existing ensembles as a committee member, to be available to perform at University functions and to offer solo and chamber music.

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.

There are 10 scholarships available for 2021 entry.



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.

See our Music Scholarship Terms and Conditions:

2020 Entry (revised 23 March 2020)

2021 Entry - T&Cs coming soon


Interview and audition process

We like to meet and hear candidates in person, so will invite you to come to the Music Centre for an audition and interview of 20 minutes, where you will be expected to perform two contrasting pieces totalling no more than 10 minutes. We will spend the rest of the time talking to you about your current and past music-making and how you would like to get involved here and use the experience you have gained to enrich musical life at UEA. If it is not possible for you to come to the University we will ask you to provide a recording of your audition pieces and arrange a time to talk to you using a web-based platform.

Please note that the audition and the discussion are of equal importance when we make decisions about Scholarships. We are looking for Music Scholars who have clear ideas about how they would use their abilities and commitment either to contribute significantly to what we already do, or to expand our activities by starting and sustaining new music-making.


How to apply

Applications for 2020 entry are now closed. Applications for 2021 entry will open in July 2020 and close on Sunday 21 March 2021.

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